Reliable and secure, Datacard printers consistently yield exceptional quality when it comes to printing and encoding personalized photo ID badges, membership cards, and smart technology cards. The Datacard printer line-up is scaled to serve a wide variety of needs for businesses and organizations of all sizes. Our exclusive CD Series direct-to-card printers excel at producing impeccable print quality in high-volume batches, Hot Swap loaner coverage included! Choose from single-sided or dual-sided printing, and a variety of features and capabilities to satisfy the needs of your program.
Choose a dual-sided Datacard printer if you want the front of your cards to remain clean and uncluttered; printing some of your card-holder info on the back of your cards will keep the front of your cards looking their best!
Many customers ask if it is possible to print on both sides of the card with a single-sided printer by manually flipping the cards and sending them back through the printer. While technically it is possible, it's not recommended. Printing on both sides of the card with a single-sided printer will expose the printhead to dust, debris, and oil from your fingertips, which can cause expensive printhead damage. Plus, damage to a printhead from non-standard use will void warranty coverage, costing you more in the long run.
Why would I need to laminate my plastic cards?
If you recall the old days of cutting and pasting an ID card together, lamination may confuse you a bit. You might wonder why you would need lamination when printing directly to plastic. In plastic card printing, lamination is a clear protective layer that is applied over the top of your printed cards by a printer with lamination capability. Primarily this is used to extend the life of your cards (the additional layer adds protection from physical wear, rubbing, etc as well as fading from the sun) and to increase security. The additional layer makes it more difficult to tamper with cards, and when coupled with holographic laminates, makes cards almost impossible to duplicate.
The Datacard SP75+, SR200, and SR300 offer the ability to laminate your cards. Choose a laminating Datacard card printer if your cards will be swiped in a mag stripe reader or will be worn in harsher environments, such as in the sun. Lamination will protect your cards from fading and extend their life--so you'll need to reprint cards less frequently, saving you time and supply costs!