Using ID card printers for your business is a great way to create professional-looking identification cards quickly and easily. When it comes to choosing a card printer, it is important to decide which printing method will work best for you. The two most common types of printing methods utilized in card printers include direct to the card and reverse transfer.
Direct to Card
Direct to Card printing is sometimes referred to as edge to edge printing because the edges of the card will dictate the size of the image. Once the card is printed, you will be left with a thin white border around the edge. This is one of the most commonly purchased printers and prints the image directly onto the card.
Direct to card printer uses a dye sublimation process. In dye sublimation, the printer head heats up the full color or monochrome ribbon, which then diffuses onto the surface of the card. This type of process will give you quality images up to 300 dpi.
Reverse Transfer/High Definition Printing
Reverse transfer printing uses ribbons to print onto a thin clear film that is then overlaid and fused to the surface of the card. This printing is typically used when the image needs to wrap around the edge of the card.
Since this type of printing uses a wrap technique instead of coming into direct contact with the card it is able to be used on cards with smart technology or any non-PVC cards. You will want to keep in mind that in addition to ribbons, you will also have to purchase the clear film for use with this machine. Printers that use reverse transfer printing have a slower print time but produce a higher quality 600 dpi image.
Once you determine what your ID card will be used for and what type of image you will need, you will be able to determine the best type of ID card printer to suit your needs.