Retransfer printing technology easily explained
Card printers with retransfer printing technology offer many advantages and depending on the model, they are available with a resolution of 300dpi or 600dpi. With the high definition resolution of 600dpi, the printed image is so good that it can no longer be distinguished with the naked eye from a card produced with a offset printing machine
High-Definition: Retransfer card printer for highest resolution with 600 dpi
With retransfer technology, the image is first printed on a film and then transferred to the blank card. This means that printing on contact-based smart cards and contactless RFID/NFC smart cards is also possible without loss of quality. You can also use a retransfer printer to print borderless on both sides of the card. Optionally, these printers, such as the Matica XID series, HID HDP5000, HDP5600, or the EVOLIS Avansia can be expanded with additional encoding units for encoding magnetic strips or chips.
What are the advantages of retransfer printing?
Retransfer printing technology offers many advantages over dye-sublimation printing, which is used in common card printers.
- The indirect transfer of the print image protects the print head of the card printer and lasts considerably longer than with dye-sublimation card printers.
- The printed image is applied to the back of the transparent overlay film and is thus located between the card and the protective overlay layer. This protects the printed image from abrasion and also from forgery attempts.
- Retransfer printers can print on a variety of cards, including uneven smart cards, or key tag cards with punched holes
- With retransfer printing technology, better print images are achieved than with the thermal sublimation process.
- Print images are printed beyond the edge and thus not even the smallest white strip remains on the card. In dye-sublimation printers, there are often so-called thermal bridges at the edge that leave a minimal white stripe on the card.
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