Frequently asked questions


In this section, we answer all the most commonly asked questions related to plastic card printers. If you can’t find the answer you need, please dont hesitate to reach out.

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What is a card printer?

A card printer is a desktop printing machine used for printing plastic cards such as ID Cards, Loyalty Cards, Gift Cards are more.

What are the all the different types of card printer?

Plastic Card Printer, PVC Card Printer, ID Card Printer – you’ll hear these terms a lot but they all refer to the same thing. A printer that is used for printing plastic cards. There are a lot of variations in terms of quality, speed etc but fundamentally, they all provide the same function.

How do card printers work?

In simplest terms, Card printers use heat to thermally bond ink to a plastic card. There are two main printing methods used to transfer the ink to the card – Direct to card printing and Retransfer printing.Both have distinct advantages and drawbacks.

Which Printer brand is best?

There is no definitive “best” printer brand. Each brand tends to have a focus area that they excel in. For example, Smart printers offers affordable machines and Zebra focus on creating strong all-rounders.


Printed Plastic Cards

Printed Plastic Cards are PVC cards that are specially customised using a PVC card printer. Printed cards come in many different formats such as loyalty cards, gift cards, staff id cards and membership cards.

Printed Gift Cards

Printed Gift Cards are customised cards that are prepaid with a stored value which can be used exclusively in the store they are purchased in.