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IDP Smart-81D Retransfer ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided

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MSRP $4,490.00
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  • Includes a free 30-day subscription to CloudBadging: a secure, cloud-based workspace for individuals or teams to create, manage, and print ID badges.
  • Single-sided direct-to-card ID printer is ideal for high-volume card printing applications
  • Special features: 3-year advanced exchange printer warranty with 2-year unlimited printhead warranty
  • Optional upgrades: Dual-sided printing, Wi-Fi, encoding, lamination, physical and electronic locking system

What's Included

  • Industry Leading Smart-81 Retransfer Card Printer
  • High-volume capacity 200 Card Hopper
  • USB Cable
  • Power Supply Cord
  • Printer Driver CD
  • Printer User Manual
  • 3-year Warranty

The Smart-81 ID Card Printer offers the fastest production speed in the industry without losing superior high-resolution glossy definition image card printing. IDP's innovative retransfer heating technology produces rapid transfer printing that creates fast "Ready to Print" metric technology. Once you power up the Smart-81 printer, you will be printing in just 25 seconds for single-sided printing and 43 seconds for dual-sided printing. Surpassing the other high-definition printers in its class, the space-saving IDP Smart-81 printer warms up in just seconds creating high-quality and full-bleed graphic images. Not only cost-effective, but this state-of-the-art printer also offers an advanced security locking system which makes it the ideal solution for industries such as Government, Healthcare, Corporations, and Universities. IDP's innovative Smart-81 printer comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty and lifetime printhead warranty to ensure stability, dependability and little downtime.

Product Features

  • High-definition retransfer printing:
    The IDP Smart-81 printers are a brand new generation retransfer card printer. Retransfer (also known as 'reverse transfer') is a card printing method that uses an ink ribbon and film to print onto cards rather than a direct print technique. Once your cards are placed into the retransfer printer, the printhead never comes in contact with the actual card but instead, the ink gets printed onto the reverse side of a clear film. This process allows the film to be laid and heated onto the card which creates a full-bleed high-definition graphic that can be printed on unevenly surfaced cards, smart cards, proximity cards, pre-punched cards, key tag cards or non-technology cards. The Smart-81 retransfer printer has innovative technology that produces high-definition photographic 300DPI resolution images, readable micro text, and razor-sharp barcodes.

  • Fastest Boot-up Speeds:
    Within 25 seconds, the Smart-81 printer is ready to start producing single-sided cards at a print speed of 144 cards per hour! No more waiting with IDP's Next Gen Smart-81 retransfer printer, you experience simultaneous power-on and Print-Ready in only a few seconds unlike traditional dye-sublimination card printers.

  • High-Volume Capacity:
    The speed of the Smart-81 retransfer printer is undeniable, your entire printing process will be seamless thanks to IDP's brilliant power to print a card while simultaneously applying transfer film to the next card in line. This double-duty printing process significantly helps speed up the time it takes to print large batches of cards, as well as measurably expanding productivity with your card issuance program.

  • Superior High Resolution:
    Retransfer printing is inherently more secure and durable than other forms of printing due to the nature of the retransfer process. In the event that a counterfeiter attempts to peel apart the layers of the card, the image will be destroyed. What's more, the retransfer (HDP) film itself adds an additional layer of protection between the card image and the surrounding environment. Retransfer ribbons are available with a holographic mark known as High-Secure Design which further increases security by reducing the ability to replicate cards. With the 300DPI printing resolution, the IDP Smart-81 printer also allows you to print a variety of security features such as fine text and characters.

  • Instant Issuance Security Standards:
    The IDP printer can be loaded with a variety of cards, YMCK and YMCKK ribbons, retransfer films including "celestial" hologram, and laminates to suit your needs for card security and durability. The Smart-81 supports ISO CR80 cards with a thickness between 30 Mil and 47 Mil.

  • Robust Upgrade Options:
    The Smart-81 was specifically built to suit the individual needs of users. Every component of the system is known as a "module" and can be upgraded to tailer the needs of your organization. Some of the optional features that can be added are dual-sided printing (front and back printing), lamination, ISO magnetic encoding, smart card encoding, smart Wi-Fi kit (rather than the standard USB and ethernet connectivity) and consumable card hopper locks to secure your system when not in use. Whatever your needs may be down the road, this system will meet you there.

  • Intelligent Anti-Dust Circulation:
    The Smart-81 is designed with a fine dust filter and disposable cleaning roller to ensure dust particles don't reach your cards during the printing process. To allow for uninterrupted continuous use of your retransfer printer, an effective air circulation system was designed to control the internal temperature of the printer for uninterrupted continuous card issuance.

Ideal Applications

  • Corporate IDs
  • GovernmentIDs
  • Membership cards
  • Gift cards
  • Customer loyalty
  • Health Cards
  • Mass transit
  • Student IDs
Card Sizes AcceptedISO CR80
Card Thickness Accepted0.76mm (30mil) - 1.2mm (47mil)
Printer Color CapabilityColor & monochrome printing
Print Resolution DPI300 DPI
Printer IncludesUSB cable
US/International power cords
CD with printer drivers & user guide
Input Hopper Capacity

200 Cards

InterfaceUSB & Ethernet (Optional SMARTWi-Fi Kit)
OS Compatibility

Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8, Microsoft Windows 10, Microsoft Windows 11, Mac OS, Linux

Output Hopper Capacity100 cards
Printing CapabilitySingle-sided & dual-sided printing
Warranty3-year advanced exchange with 2-year unlimited printhead warranty
Weight & Dimensions11.4 kg /25.13 lbs., 18.1" 8.8" x 12.2" (460mm x 224mm x 310mm)

IDP Smart-81

IDP Smart-81 Downloads

Visit the IDP support page to find the latest Smart-81 drivers and firmware
- IDP SMART-81 Firmware and Drivers

IDP Smart-81 User Manuals

Find the latest version of the IDP Smart-81 user manual & other downloads below:

- IDP SMART-81 Brochure User Manual

- IDP SMART-81 Brochure

Technical Support

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