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Print on one
side of a card
Print on both sides
of a card
Most versatile &
ideal for technology cards
Zebra Card Printers offer ID card printing solutions for a diverse range of applications. Zebra's reputation for innovation and value allows for consistent delivery of the highest quality products and services for plastic card personalization applications.
Single or dual-sided direct-to-card ID card printer with single- or dual-side linerless lamination ideal for high volume, high security card printing applications
Special features: high print speeds, automatic card thickness detection, physical locking mechanisms, and standard USB & Ethernet connectivity
Optional upgrades:dual-sided printing, encoding, single- or dual-sided lamination, and extended warranty and loaner coverage plans
Shop the single-sided ZXP 7
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Shop the ZXP 7 with single-sided lamination
Shop the ZXP 7 with dual-sided lamination
Single- or dual-sided reverse transfer ID card printer with optional single- or dual-sided lamination ideal for durable, multi-function cards
Special features: vivid high definition printing, easy-to-use driver and management utility tools
Optional upgrades: wireless network connectivity, consumables enclosure lock, field-upgradeable encoding, and extended warranty and loaner coverage plans
Shop the single-sided ZXP Series 8
Shop the dual-sided ZXP Series 8
Shop the dual-sided ZXP Series 8 with single-side lam
Shop the dual-sided ZXP Series 8 with dual-side lam
Simply put, a single-sided printer prints on one side of your cards and a dual-sided printer prints on both sides of your cards in one process.
Many customers ask if it is possible to print on both sides of the card with a single-sided printer by manually flipping the cards and sending them back through the printer. While technically it is possible, it's not recommended. Printing on both sides of the card with a single-sided printer will expose the printhead to dust, debris, and oil from your fingertips, which can cause expensive printhead damage. Plus, damage to a printhead from non-standard use will void warranty coverage, costing you more in the long run.
If you recall the old days of cutting and pasting an ID card together, lamination may confuse you a bit. You might wonder why you would need lamination when printing directly to plastic.
In plastic card printing, lamination is a clear protective layer that is applied over the top of your printed cards by a printer with lamination capability. It offers three primary benefits to a plastic ID card:
This non-laminated ID card was placed in a badge holder in direct sunlight for 15 days. Due to the heat, the printed card image transfered from the card to the badge holder.
Lamination adds a layer of protection from everyday wear and tear. The cards at the right illustrate the durability of lamination.
Both cards were printed with a retransfer printer. The card on the left, however, is laminated, while the card on the right is not laminated.
Both cards were scratched with a set of keys. The laminated card is unscathed, while the non-laminated card is visibly damaged.
The Zebra ZXP Series 7 and ZXP Series 8 printers offer options for single- or dual-sided lamination.
Many experienced card printer users are familiar with the white border that direct-to-card printers leave around the edge of cards. Retransfer printers, on the other hand, produce "over-the-edge" prints that cover the entire surface of your cards.
Direct-to-card printers print directly to the surface of cards. Any uneven surface of a card--including coming in contact with the edge of a card--can cause expensive printhead damage.
Retransfer printers, like the Zebra ZXP Series 8, print your card image to a clear retransfer film that is then fused onto the surface of the card. With this process, the printhead does not come in direct contact with your card, allowing you to print over the edge of your cards and to a wider variety of card surfaces including proximity cards, smart cards, pre-punched cards and key tag cards. Another benefit: retransfer printers produce imagery with rich, vibrant, saturated colors.
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