​Direct-to-Card ID Printers

Direct-to-Card PrinterDirect-to-card ID card printers print directly to the surface of PVC or PVC-PET composite cards, a process called dye sublimation.

The reason direct-to-card printers are popular is because they produce faster print speeds and have a lower cost-per-card than retransfer printers. However, there is a slight downside to dye sublimation printing.

The printhead inside of a direct-to-card printer presses the ink from the ribbon directly onto the card. During this process, it creates a small white border around the edge because the printhead is not able to go over the edge of cards. A common remedy to this issue is to design cards with a white background or purposely with a white border along the outside edge.

If printing over the edge is a necessity, consider retransfer ID card printers.

If you have any questions or need assistance on ​dye sublimation direct-to-card printers, contact us or call today at (877) 213-8180.

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Datacard CD880 Simplex Printer
Single-Sided Card Printing - Up to 300 x 1200 DPI - 220 Cards/Hour One-Sided (YMCKT)

Datacard CD880 Duplex Printer
Dual-Sided Card Printing - Up to 300 x 1200 DPI - 165 Cards/Hour Two-Sided (YMCKT-K)

CD880

  • Entrust CD180 Simplex Rewritable ID Card Printer

      The Entrust (formerly Datacard) CD180 is an economical single-sided ID card printer with re-write, magnetic stripe encoding and fluorescent UV printing capabilities. The versatile CD 180 produces high quality ID cards or badges at a lower cost-per-card, with the ability to scale up as needed. Standard Features: One-sided, edge-to-edge printing Rewritable ...
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    • Datacard CD800 Card Printer

      Entrust CD800 Casino OpenCard ID Card Printer

        The Entrust (formerly Datacard) CD800 ID card printer with OpenCard format is an ideal solution for casinos and other gaming venues. Most casinos nationwide support Open Card format as a standard option to create player and VIP cards, room keys and employee badges. Is the Entrust CD800 ​Open Card right for you? The ​CD800 is available with different ...
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      • Datacard CD800

        Entrust CD800 CLM Duplex ID Card Printer

          The Entrust® (formerly Datacard) CD800™ ID card printer with an inline card lamination module has all of the great features of the CD 800 printer with added lamination capabilities. It satisfies growing customer needs for security, durability and versatility, and adds unique new features like a barcode reader to validate ...
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        • Datacard CD800 Card Printer

          Entrust CD800 Duplex Desktop ID Card Printer

            The Entrust (formerly Datacard) CD800 duplex desktop ID card printer issues high volumes of vibrant dual-sided ID cards fast and efficiently. The CD800 uses direct-to-card dye-sublimation/resin thermal transfer print technology and can quickly print high quality text, bar code and graphics in color and monochrome. The duplex model prints dual-sided cards and ...
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          • Datacard CD800 MultiHopper

            Entrust CD800 MultiHopper ID Card Printer

              With the Entrust (formerly Datacard) CD800 MultiHopper, you receive the same technology as the CD800 with a 6 card input hopper. The CD 800 Multi-Hopper desktop card printer issues high volumes of vibrant ID cards faster and more efficiently with Entrust exclusive technology.  6 Card input hopper (up to 600 ...
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            • Datacard CD800 Card Printer

              Entrust CD800 Simplex Desktop ID Card Printer

                The Entrust (formerly Datacard) CD800 simplex desktop ID card printer issues high volumes of vibrant single-sided ID cards fast and efficiently. The CD800 uses direct-to-card dye-sublimation/resin thermal transfer print technology and can quickly print high quality text, bar code and graphics in color and monochrome. The simplex model prints single-sided cards and ...
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                Entrust CD880 Casino OpenCard ID Card Printer

                  The Entrust (formerly Datacard) CD880 ID card printer with OpenCard format is an ideal solution for casinos and other gaming venues. Most casinos nationwide support Open Card format as a standard option to create player and VIP cards, room keys and employee badges. The CD880 allows you to print unique card designs in full color ...
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                • Entrust CD880 CLM Duplex ID Card Printer

                    The Entrust® (formerly Datacard) CD8​80™ ID card printer with an inline card lamination module (CLM) has all of the great features of the CD880 printer with added lamination capabilities. It satisfies growing customer needs for security, durability and versatility, and adds unique new features like a barcode reader to validate ...
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                    Entrust CD880 Duplex Desktop ID Card Printer

                      The Entrust (formerly Datacard) CD8​80 duplex desktop ID card printer efficiently produces great-looking dual-sided ID cards in less time than any other comparable desktop printer. It’s engineered and built to handle the higher volumes and requirements of state and local government, corporate, commercial and educational card issuance. When your application demands speed, ...
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                      Entrust CD880 Simplex Desktop ID Card Printer

                        The Entrust (formerly Datacard) CD8​80 simplex desktop ID card printer efficiently produces great-looking single-sided ID cards in less time than any other comparable desktop printer. It’s engineered and built to handle the higher volumes and requirements of state and local government, corporate, commercial and educational card issuance. When your application demands speed, ...
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                      • Entrust EZ ID Card System (SD160 Printer Bundle)

                          The Entrust (formerly Datacard) EZ-ID System gives you everything you need to issue high-resolution, color photo ID cards in one package. The EZ-ID System contains the SD160 card printer, an YMCKT ribbon, TruCredential™ software, 250 blank cards (with or without mag stripe as appropriate), cleaning sleeve, cleaning card, SD driver ...
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                        • Datacard SD260 Card Printer Pink Edition (Breast Cancer Awareness)

                          Entrust Limited Edition Pink SD260 Simplex ID Card Pr...

                            Support the fight against breast cancer with the limited edition pink ​Entrust (formerly Datacard) SD260 Card Printer. With each purchase of this limited edition printer, ​Entrust Group will donate a portion of the sale to the Pink Ribbon Foundation (Reg. Charity No. 1080839). These donations will be returned to benefit ...
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                          • Entrust SD160 Simplex Rewritable ID Card Printer

                              The Entrust (formerly Datacard) SD160 is an economical single-sided ID card printer with re-write, magnetic stripe encoding and fluorescent UV printing capabilities. The versatile SD 160 produces high quality ID cards or badges at a lower cost-per-card, with the ability to scale up as needed. Standard Features: One-sided, edge-to-edge printing Rewritable ...
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                            • Datacard SD260 Card Printer

                              Entrust SD260 Simplex ID Card Printer

                                The Entrust (formerly Datacard) SD260 ID card printer puts value right on your desktop. Save time and increase workday efficiency with this best-in-class card printer, ideal for many ID card issuance and badging applications. Produce vibrant and crisp images with TrueMatch™ technology Experience extreme reliability with TruePick™ card handling ...
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                              • Datacard SD360 Card Printer

                                Entrust SD360 Duplex ID Card Printer

                                  The Entrust SD360 ID card printer increases productivity and saves work time by issuing secure, two-sided ID cards and badges. Ideal applications include small-to-medium-sized businesses, schools, clubs and hospitals. Save time with automatic two-sided card printing Increase productivity with superior print speeds Produce vibrant and crisp images with TrueMatch technology ...
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                                • Datacard SD460 Tactile Impression with Card

                                  Entrust SD460 Duplex ID Card Printer

                                    The ​Entrust (formerly Datacard) SD460 ID Card Printer is a single system that is capable of encoding, printing and laminating all in one pass and allows users to utilize a variety of new features, including Entrust's unique, patent-pending tactile impression feature. With a new built-in debow feature, the SD 460 ...
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                                  • Evolis Badgy 200 Single-Sided ID Card Printer

                                      The Evolis Badgy 200 is an affordable, entry-level desktop ID card printing solution. This lightweight single-sided printer can easily be transported, perfect for quick on-demand badges and cards. With Badgy you get access to a free online card template library, where you can personalize the template of your choice, adding ...
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                                    • Evolis Elypso card printing

                                      Evolis EL1H0000KS Elypso Expert ID Card Printer

                                        The Evolis Elypso is a great front-desk ID card printing system with a compact foot print that incorporates eco-friendly design. With the same print engine as the Primacy printer, near-photographic print quality resolution makes your cards ideal for transit passes, loyalty cards, healthcare cards and more. All this is possible ...
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                                      • Evolis Primacy

                                        Evolis Primacy Duplex ID Card Printer

                                          Primacy Duplex is a high-end ID card printer that is easy-to-use, flexible and fast. When loaded with the Evolis cutting-edge encoding technologies, Primacy turns into the ideal solution to issue cards. Duplex model does dual-sided printing and has a standard 100 card capacity for both input hopper and output hopper. Print ...
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                                        • Evolis Primacy Lamination ID Card Printer

                                            Primacy Lamination is an all-in-one, affordable system for: Encoding, Color sublimation printing and monochrome thermal transfer, And laminating your cards, with or without holograms. Your ID cards will have maximum durability and a high level of security. Laminating your cards will prevent incidents of fraud. This system is ideal for producing secure ...
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