Plastic Card Printers
Top Considerations Before Buying a Card Printing Machine
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,.
1) Single or Dual-Sided Printer
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.
2) DTC or Reverse Transfer
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.
Retransfer printers are much higher quality -more expensive- and do not leave a white border around the card-edge.
3) Volume Requirements
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).
4) Security & Lamination
Lamination greatly increases the lifespan of a plastic card. In addition, it can be used to add security holograms to your card.