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What Is an ID Card Printer?

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We all have them! Plastic cards in the form of credit cards, driver's licenses, membership cards, employee ID badges, and more. In order to create these cards a special piece of technology is …

We all have them! Plastic cards in the form of credit cards, driver's licenses, membership cards, employee ID badges, and more. In order to create these cards a special piece of technology is required: an ID card printer! Learn about two different types of ID card printing technology and where you can purchase an ID badge printer for your organization.

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  • 1. What is an ID Card Printer?
  • 2. Overview of an ID Card Printer • We all have them! Plastic cards in the form of employee ID badges, student ID cards, credit cards, membership cards, and more. In order to print these cards, a special piece of technology is required: an ID card printer. • ID card printers are typically about the same size as a regular desktop office or inkjet printer. However, the technology inside the printers is much different.
  • 3. A Look Inside an ID Card Printer • While an inkjet printer has a paper tray and ink cartridges, an ID card printer has a card input and output card hopper, as well as ink that is carried on ribbon. • ID card printers feature special technology to print on plastic cards called “dye sublimation.” • The dye sublimation printing process produces smooth, continuous-tone and photo-quality images for ID cards:
  • 4. A Look Inside an ID Card Printer • There are two types of ID card printing technology – direct-to-card and retransfer: • Direct-to-card is the most common type of card printing, with images being printed directly onto the surface of cards. Direct-to-card ID printers are ideal for creating basic ID badges on PVC cards. • In retransfer printing – also known as reverse transfer – images are printed to a clear film that is then heat-sealed to the surface of cards. Retransfer ID printers produce rich, vibrantly colored cards and are also ideal for printing onto technology cards, such as proximity cards or smart cards.
  • 5. What Options Do I Have? In addition to ID card printing technology, there are many options to customize your card printer: • Single- vs. dual-sided printing – single-sided printers print on one side of a card; dual-sided printers print on both sides of a card in one single process. • Encoding options – printers with encoding capabilities allow you to add data – like cardholder details or access privileges – onto a card’s magnetic stripe or directly onto technology cards such as smart cards or proximity cards. • USB, Ethernet or Wireless – allows for flexibility in where your card printer is located
  • 6. What Options Do I Have? • Lamination – adds a protective layer to cards so they last longer • Extra or Larger Input & Output Card Hoppers – increase productivity and efficiency with longer “hands- free” printing cycles • Extended Warranty Plans – added protection and peace of mind for your card printing program • Loaner Coverage – provides additional card printing program protection with a loaner printer for your use while your printer is being serviced • Printer Upgradeability – some printers can be upgraded with additional features any time, as your card program grows • Common upgrades include dual-sided printing, encoding, and lamination
  • 7. Supplies for an ID Card Printer • In addition to the ID badge printer, special supplies and equipment are required to print on plastic cards, including: • ID card printer ribbons and blank ID cards • Cleaning kit to maintain efficiency & protect from damage • ID software to manage your database & design cards • Camera, tripod & backdrop to take quality ID photos • Badge holders, lanyards & reels to wear & display cards
  • 8. Do You Need an ID Card Printer? • ID Wholesaler has helped thousands of businesses, schools, and other organizations start a plastic card printing program. • Our job is to make your job easier. Here’s how we deliver: • An easy-to-use website with everything you’ll need • Expert service from your personal account manager • Fast delivery and free shipping • Lifetime support from our expert, in-house tech team • Contact us today to receive award-winning service from our ID Professionals. www.IDWholesaler.com | (800) 321-4405 | sales@IDWholesaler.com
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