Direct-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.
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)
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