What is a card printer?

A DTC 1500 FARGO card printer

A card printer is an electronic desktop printer designed specifically for printing and personalizing plastic cards. Unlike label printers, which have a continuous supply feed, card printers typically have single card feeders. These card printers are commonly used to create high-quality, customized plastic cards, such as ID cards, access cards, loyalty cards, and gift cards. The standard card dimensions are 85.60 × 53.98 mm, following the ISO/IEC 7810 standard for ID-1 cards.

Plastic card printers can print text, line art, and photographic images. They can also encode magnetic stripes and provide smart card chip programming contact stations, all in a single step process.

Types of ID card printing:

There are main two ID printing styles include:

  • Direct-to-card (or dye-sublimation)
  • Reverse transfer

Direct-to-card printers apply dye directly onto blank cards, while reverse transfer ID card printers first print the design onto a film before transferring the image onto blank cards.The printer Direct-to-Card (DTC) Printing: The card printers are versatile tools for creating customized and secure plastic cards for various applications. By considering your specific needs and budget.

What are the different types of identity cards?
There are 3 different types of ID cards:
  • PVC cards
  • proximity cards
  • pre-printed cards.

The PVC cards are widely used for all applications and come in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and colors.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



    Click one of our contacts below to chat on WhatsApp

    × How can I help you?