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There are different types of cards that can be used to print IDs on an ID card printer. Let’s explore the most common ones used in desktop ID card printers.

polyethylene chloride (PVC) is the most prevalent material used for ID cards. Composite cards, which are a combination of PVC and PET (polyethene terephthalate), provide additional durability and are ideal for use with a commercial lamination module (CLM). Rewritable cards have a rewritable surface on one side and a PVC finish on the other side and are often used for visitor cards.

What is PVC?

PVC is the world’s third-most widely produced synthetic polymer of plastic. It’s used in the production of many products that people use on a daily basis, including ID card printers. PVC is used for ID cards because of its low cost and desirable physical and mechanical properties.

What are PVC cards?

PVC cards are plastic cards used to print ID cards. They come in a variety of sizes, colors, and thicknesses. The most common size is called CR80, which is 3.375” x 2.2125” (the same size as credit cards). Another popular card size seen in the market is CR79, which is 3.303” x 2.051,” but note that only select card printers support this size.

Why do we recommend PVC for ID card printers?

We recommend that customers talk to an expert to determine the right card material for their printing needs. However, PVC is widely recognized as a great solution for printing ID cards since it’s durable yet flexible. You can easily print pictures, text, logos, and more on your ID card. Additionally, you can add security features – such as UV printing, luster ribbon, tactile impression, laminates, and color tactile impressions – that make it difficult to produce counterfeit cards.

How do you secure PVC ID cards?

There are many ways to secure a PVC ID card, including:

  • Security technology: Add a magnetic stripe, smart card capabilities, RFID proximity communication capabilities, and other security measures to your card.
  • Visual security: With the right card design you can ensure that the PVC ID card you produce is authentic and genuine while also ensuring it aligns to your organization’s brand standards.
  • Card security features: When you add features like UV printing, luster ribbon, holographic laminate, and tactile impression you make it difficult for the bad guys to replicate the PVC ID cards you produce for your organization.

Is a PVC ID card printer the right fit for your organization?

As mentioned above, be sure to talk to an expert to determine the right card material for your printing needs. However, PVC is widely recognized as a great solution for printing ID cards since it’s durable and flexible. If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of PVC ID cards, get in touch with us today.

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