As you shop for an ID card printer, you’ll see that there are two types of printing technology available: direct-to-card and retransfer. This video provides an overview of the top five benefits of printing cards with a retransfer ID card printer to help you decide if it’s the right printing technology for you.
ID card printers can be classified by two technologies: direct-to-card and retransfer. Direct-to-card printers print your card image directly to the card surface. Retransfer printers print your card image to retransfer film that gets fused to the surface of a card. Because images are printed to film rather than cards, retransfer printers offer a number of benefits.
The printhead of a direct-to-card printer can be easily damaged, leading to expensive repair bills. Retransfer printers offer a lifetime printhead warranty.
When retransfer film is applied to the surface of a card, the printed image is ‘sandwiched’ between the card and the film, protecting the image from wear and making your cards more durable.
Retransfer printers can print to a variety of card types, including proximity cards, smart cards , key tag cards and more.
“Rich” and “vibrant” describe a retransfer printer’s print quality. You’ll also have more control over print color.
While a direct-to-card printer leaves a small, unprinted border around a smart chip and the edge of your card, a retransfer printer can print over the entire card surface.
Although the initial cost may be slightly higher than a direct-to-card printer, retransfer printers offer a number of benefits that make them a great investment!
To learn more about retransfer printers, visit IDWholesaler.com or talk to an ID Professional at (800) 321-4405.