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Laminating Printers

Shop & Compare Laminating ID Card Printers

Laminating ID card printers print and laminate cards in a single process to produce more secure and longer lasting IDs. Select from single-sided and dual-sided models, available with direct-to-card, over-the-edge retransfer, and rewrite printing technologies. Many of our laminating card printers offer easy upgrade paths for magnetic stripe and smart card encoding options, Ethernet or WiFi connectivity, and additional features.

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    IDP Solid-810SE Single or Dual-Sided ID Card Printer
    Item#: 653725-Model
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    IDP Solid-810SE Single-Sided USB & Ethernet ID Card Printer
    Item#: 653725
    MSRP $4,490.00
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    Fargo 56305 DTC5500LMX Laminating ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided
    Item#: 56305
    MSRP $9,094.80
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    IDP ILS Smart-70 ID Card Laminator Single-Sided - Configurable
    Item#: ILS
    MSRP $3,770.00
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    IDP Wise-CXD80S Single-Side ID Card Printer 670100
    Item#: 670100
    MSRP $4,390.00
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55538
    Price $8,290.99 MSRP $10,488.40
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55530
    Price $7,502.99 MSRP $9,521.20
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55528
    Price $7,840.99 MSRP $9,765.60
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55518
    Price $7,994.99 MSRP $10,249.20
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55510
    Price $7,276.99 MSRP $9,276.80
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55428
    Price $6,712.99 MSRP $8,491.60
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55418
    Price $7,007.99 MSRP $8,975.20
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55410
    Price $6,218.99 MSRP $8,002.80
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55408
    Price $6,416.99 MSRP $8,247.20
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55400
    Price $5,627.99 MSRP $7,035.60
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  16. Fargo 70002 DTC1500XE Dual-Sided ID Card Printer Best Seller
    Fargo 70002 DTC1500XE Dual-Sided ID Card Printer
    Item#: 70002
    MSRP $3,577.60
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  17. Fargo 70001 DTC1500XE Single-Sided ID Card Printer Best Seller
    Fargo 70001 DTC1500XE Single-Sided ID Card Printer
    Item#: 70001
    MSRP $2,788.24
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    • Direct to card printing
    • Single-sided printing
    • No Encoding
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    Polaroid P5000E ID Card Printer Dual-Sided with Dual-Side Lamination and Magnetic Stripe Encoding
    Item#: 1-5e1000-11
    Price $5,402.99 MSRP $6,895.00
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    Polaroid P5000E ID Card Printer Dual-Sided with Dual-Sided Lamination - Configurable
    Item#: 1-5e1000-00
    Price $4,892.99 MSRP $6,395.00
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    IDP Smart-51L N ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Lamination
    Item#: 651410
    MSRP $5,115.00
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    IDP Smart-51L ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Lamination
    Item#: 651400
    MSRP $4,890.00
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55520
    Price $6,615.99 MSRP $8,793.20
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55508
    Price $7,403.99 MSRP $9,521.20
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55438
    Price $7,303.99 MSRP $9,219.60
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination with Locking Hopper
    Item#: 55420
    Price $5,923.99 MSRP $7,519.20
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    Fargo 56305 DTC5500LMX Laminating ID Card Printer
    Item#: 56305-Model
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    Fargo 56308 DTC5500LMX Laminating ID Card Printer with Smart Card Encoding - Dual-Sided
    Item#: 56308
    MSRP $10,311.60
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    Fargo 56306 DTC5500LMX Laminating ID Card Printer with Magnetic Encoding - Dual-Sided
    Item#: 56306
    MSRP $9,822.80
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  29. Nisca PR-C151 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided
    Nisca PR-C151 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided
    Item#: PR-C151
    Price $2,499.99 MSRP $4,399.00
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55430
    Price $6,515.99 MSRP $8,247.20
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    EDIsecure XID 8300 Dual-Sided ID Card Printer - DIH10458
    Item#: DIH10458
    Price $3,999.99 MSRP $5,595.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Dual-Sided Lamination & Wi-Fi - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z74-000W0000US00
    MSRP $8,070.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Dual-Sided Lamination & Mag Stripe Encoder - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z74-0M0C0000US00
    MSRP $8,070.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Dual-Sided Lamination - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z74-000C0000US00
    MSRP $7,553.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Single-Sided Lamination & Mag Stripe Encoder - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z73-0M0C0000US00
    MSRP $7,072.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Single-Sided Lamination - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z73-000C0000US00
    MSRP $6,554.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Mag Stripe & UHF Encoders - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z72-UM0C0000US00
    MSRP $5,995.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Mag Stripe & Smart Card Encoders - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z72-AM0C0000US00
    MSRP $5,477.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Contact/Contactless Smart Card Encoder - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z72-A00C0000US00
    MSRP $4,959.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Contact Station & Mag Stripe Encoder - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z72-EM0C0000US00
    MSRP $4,654.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Contact Station - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z72-E00C0000US00
    MSRP $4,136.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Magnetic Stripe Encoder & Enclosure Lock - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z72-0MAC0000US00
    MSRP $4,654.00
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  43. Z72-000C0000US00 image Best Seller
    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z72-000C0000US00
    MSRP $3,929.00
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    Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 55500
    Price $6,561.99 MSRP $8,309.60
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    Fargo DTC1500 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 51410
    MSRP $6,609.20
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  46. 653637 image Best Seller
    IDP Solid-810SE Dual-Sided USB & Ethernet ID Card Printer
    Item#: 653726
    MSRP $4,890.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Dual-Sided Lamination, Mag Stripe Encoder, Smart Card Encoder
    Item#: Z74-AMAC0000US00
    MSRP $9,307.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Dual-Sided Lamination, Mag Stripe Encoder & Wi-Fi - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z74-0M0W0000US00
    MSRP $8,588.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Dual-Sided Lamination, Mag Stripe Encoder & Smart Card Encoder - Dual-sided
    Item#: Z74-AM0C0000US00
    MSRP $9,100.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Dual-Sided Lamination, Mag Stripe Encoder & Contact Station - Dual-
    Item#: Z74-EM0C0000US00
    MSRP $8,277.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Dual-Sided Lamination, Mag Stripe Encoder & Enclosure Lock - Dual-Sided
    Item#: Z74-0MAC0000US00
    MSRP $8,277.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Single-Sided Lamination, Mag Stripe Encoder & Smart Card Encoder -
    Item#: Z73-AM0C0000US00
    MSRP $8,102.00
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    Zebra ZXP 7 ID Card Printer with Mag Stripe Encoder, Smart Card Encoder & Enclosure Lock - Dual-Side
    Item#: Z72-AMAC0000US00
    MSRP $5,684.00
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89696
    Price $10,272.99 MSRP $13,452.40
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89695
    Price $9,663.99 MSRP $12,672.40
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89691
    Price $10,272.99 MSRP $13,452.40
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89689
    Price $9,663.99 MSRP $12,672.40
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89681
    Price $9,256.99 MSRP $12,152.40
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Dual-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89680
    Price $8,646.99 MSRP $11,112.40
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89676
    Price $9,254.99 MSRP $12,152.40
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89675
    Price $8,645.99 MSRP $11,372.40
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89671
    Price $9,254.99 MSRP $12,152.40
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89669
    Price $8,645.99 MSRP $11,372.40
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89661
    Price $8,238.99 MSRP $10,852.40
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89660
    Price $7,629.99 MSRP $9,812.40
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer ID Card Printer - Single-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89630
    Price $8,237.99 MSRP $10,784.80
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer ID Card Printer - Single-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89629
    Price $7,627.99 MSRP $10,004.80
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer ID Card Printer - Single-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89625
    Price $8,237.99 MSRP $10,784.80
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer ID Card Printer - Single-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 89623
    Price $7,627.99 MSRP $10,004.80
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Single-Sided Lamination
    Item#: 89621
    Price $7,220.99 MSRP $9,484.80
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    Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printer - Single-Sided Lamination
    Item#: 89620
    Price $6,611.99 MSRP $8,444.80
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    Fargo DTC1500 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided - Single-Side Lamination
    Item#: 51411
    MSRP $7,337.20
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    Matica EDIsecure XID 8600 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided
    Item#: PR000198
    Price $4,699.00 MSRP $6,995.00
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    IDP Wise-CXD80D ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided
    Item#: 670101
    MSRP $5,290.00
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    IDP IPFS Smart-70 ID Card Printer Dual-Sided - Configurable
    Item#: IPFS
    MSRP $4,690.00
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  76. Entrust Datacard Sigma SL3 id badge card printer and id badge machine
    Entrust Datacard Sigma SL3 ID Card Printer - Dual-Sided
    Item#: 525302-059
    Price $2,844.99 MSRP $3,177.88
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  77. Entrust Datacard Sigma SL3 id badge card printer and id badge machine
    Entrust Datacard Sigma SL3 ID Card Printer - Single-Sided
    Item#: 525302-056
    Price $2,171.40 MSRP $2,435.88
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    IDP IPS Smart-70 ID Card Printer Single-Sided - Configurable
    Item#: IPS
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    MSRP $3,770.00
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    Zebra ZXP Series 7 Pro ID Card Printer Dual-Sided with Magnetic Stripe Encoding - DISCONTINUED
    Item#: Z72-0M0CZ0H0US00
    MSRP $7,760.00
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    Zebra ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Dual-Lamination & Contact Station - Dual-Sided - DISCONTINUED
    Item#: Z94-E00C0000US00
    MSRP $8,118.00
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    Zebra ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Dual-Lamination & Wi-Fi - Dual-Sided - DISCONTINUED
    Item#: Z94-000W0000US00
    MSRP $8,511.00
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    Zebra ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Dual-Lamination & Mag Encoding - Dual-Sided - DISCONTINUED
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    Zebra ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Lamination & Contact Station - Dual-Sided - DISCONTINUED
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    MSRP $7,046.88
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    Zebra ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Lamination & Smart Card Encoding - Dual-Sided - DISCONTINUED
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    Zebra ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Lamination & Wi-Fi - Dual-Sided - DISCONTINUED
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    Zebra ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Lamination & Mag Encoding - Dual-Sided - DISCONTINUED
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    Zebra ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Dual-Lamination, Contact Station & Mag Encoding - Dual-Sided - DISCONTINUED
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    Zebra ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Dual-Lamination, Mag & Smart Card Encoding - Dual-Sided - DISCONTINUED
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    Zebra ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Lamination, Contact Station & Mag Encoding - Dual-Sided - DISCONTINUED
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    Zebra ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Lamination, Mag Encoding & Smart Card Encoding - Dual-Sided - DISCONTINUED
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Have questions about laminating card printers? We have answers!

What supplies will I need for my laminating printer?

There are two special supply items that laminating card printers require: laminate and composite PVC-PET cards. In order for your printer to add a protective layer of lamination to your cards during the printing process, you'll need to keep it loaded with a roll of laminate, also referred to as lamination or overlamination. There are a number of laminate options, from clear to holographic, patch to full-coverage overlay. Talk with your account manager at ID Wholesaler to determine which option is the best fit for you.

Rather than standard 100% PVC cards, you'll want to choose composite PVC-PET cards for your laminating printer. Composite PVC-PET cards are the same size and look the same as standard PVC cards, but are more durable. More importantly, they are more resistant to the high heat used in the lamination process. Standard PVC cards will warp from the intense heat when laminating, composite cards will not.

Why Would I Need to Laminate My Plastic Cards?

 

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What lamination options are available with a laminating printer?

One of the benefits of a laminating printer is the versatility it has to offer! There are a number of laminate options that your laminating card printer can use interchangeably.

Clear vs. holographic laminate: Clear laminate is your basic go-to lamination. It is available in 0.6 or 1.0 mil thicknesses, with the thicker option offering more durability. Holographic laminate provides added card security, as the holograms cannot be fraudulently duplicated. You have two options when it comes to holographic laminate: standard or custom. Both provide the same holographic effect, however standard holographic laminate is available on the open market and therefore doesn't offer the same level of security as a custom holographic laminate.

Patch vs. overlay laminate: Another consideration when it comes to laminate is patch vs. full-coverage overlay. Patch laminate does not cover the full card, but it is thicker and more durable. Overlay laminate covers the entire card, but is thinner and less durable than patch laminate.

Laminates are also available specifically for use with magnetic stripe cards and smart chip cards.

Should I consider dual-sided lamination?

 

Lamination extends the life of your card and protects from fading and dye migration. Many laminating ID card printer models are available with the choice of single-sided or dual-sided lamination. Dual-sided lamination provides added flexibility to further protect both sides of your cards. If you are using a holographic laminate, it also allows you to add holograms to both sides of the card.

Choose dual-sided lamination if you want to protect both sides of your cards or if you want to add holographic images to both card surfaces.

 

I need to store or access data on my cards. What are my card encoding options?

Barcode Printing

There are three primary ways to store data and access data on a plastic ID card: a barcode, magnetic stripe, or smart card. Of the three methods, barcodes are the least expensive way to "store and access" data on a card and require the least amount of equipment. Barcodes are also the least secure.

A barcode does not require software or a laminating ID card printer with encoding capabilities. This is because the data is not stored within the barcode, but rather electronically in a computer. You will need to make sure that your printer ribbon has a black resin panel to create crisp, easy-to-scan barcodes.

Requirements: All laminating card printers are capable of adding a 1-D or 2-D barcode to a plastic card. You will simply need a barcode scanner connected to a computer that contains the barcode's data to read the barcode.

 

Magnetic Stripe Encoding

Unlike a barcode, a magnetic stripe's information is stored within the magnetic stripe of the card. For example, when used for access control, each card holds data that will unlock preprogrammed doors after swiping the card. There are two types of magnetic stripe cards:

High Coercivity (HiCo) magnetic stripe cards are harder to erase, and are used in applications where cards are frequently used or need to have a long life. High co stripes are resistant to damage from most magnets or magnetic fields and therefore are most often used for access control, time and attendance, and gift cards.

Low Coercivity (LoCo) magnetic stripe cards require a lower amount of energy to record and are easier to erase. Low co stripes can be damaged by even a brief contact with a magnetic field. With this, LoCo cards are typically used for applications where the card is only used for a short time, such as hotel room keys.

Requirements: In order to use magnetic stripe cards, you will need a laminating ID card printer with magnetic stripe encoding capabilities and mid-level or fully-featured ID software.

 

Smart Card and Proximity Card Encoding

Similar to a magnetic stripe card, data is stored within the smart card components. It can be reconfigured to add, erase, or edit hosted data. A smart card offers added functionality and can hold up to 100 times more data than a magnetic stripe. There are two types of smart cards:

A contactless smart card has a chip and an antenna. In order to be read, it needs to come within a specified distance to the reader (varies by reader), but doesn't need to make direct contact.

A contact smart card has an integrated chip. As the name implies, a contact smart card must come into direct contact with the reader in order to be read.

Note: There are important differences between smart cards and proximity cards. Proximity cards come pre-programmed, so do not need to be encoded. Some printers can read/verify data that has been written to a proximity card, but data on most* proximity cards cannot be added, erased, or edited.

Requirements: In order to use a contact or contactless smart card, you'll need a smart card encoding printer and fully-featured ID software. When ordering the laminating card printer, you'll need to specify whether you require contact or contactless encoding.

*Some cards, such as iClass cards, include non-editable, pre-programmed proximity data and a smart chip for encoding your own data.

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