Plastic Card Printers

Design & Print Cards from as little as €0.06 per card

Plastic card printers are used to print on PVC cards.: Print ID Cards, Gift Cards Loyalty Cards and more.

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

A card printer can be used to print Staff ID Cards, Loyalty Cards, Club Membership cards and just about any type of PVC card. Card printers come with many optional functions such as magnetic/smart encoding, lamination and holographic printing..

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How do Card Printers Work?

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What is a Direct to Card Printer? (DTC)

Direct to card printers are the most commonly used desktop print machines. This process workds by applying heat to an ink ribbon which then fuses the colour to the surface of the card.

Direct to Card Benefits:

  • Fast
  • Cost effective
  • Easy to use
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What is a retransfer Printer?

Reverse transfer or retransfer printers are similar to their DTC counterparts in that they use heat to transfer ink to the card. The retransfer process has an extra step in which, the image is first transferred onto a think strip of film which is then bonded to the card.

Retransfer Benefits

  • Superior image quality
  • Capable of printing on uneven surfaces, ie smart cards.
  • Prints over the edge of the card.

We know shopping for a printer can be confusing, complex and downright frustrating. But it doesnt have to be – we’ve outlined the key factors to take into account which should focus your search for the perfect machine

Top Considerations Before Buying a Card Printing Machine


The majority of plastic card printers will have option of single or dual-sided printing.Single-sided printers are cheaper but require you to manually flip the card if you want to print on both sides. So, if you’re print dual-sided cards in large batches – go dual-sided.


DTC (Direct to card) printers are the most common type of printer for in-house card printing – they are also the cheapest.A thermal print head utilises a colour ribbon to fuse colour to the card. The drawback with this method is the printhead leaves a tiny white border around the card edge.


If you intend on printing large volumes of cards with miniumum hassle, you will need a card printer with large input & output hoppers (used for card feeding & output).


Lamination greatly increases the lifespan of a plastic card. In addition, it can be used to add security holograms to your card.