22. February 2017 08:01
Retransfer printers combine unparalleled print speeds with photo-quality images.
Retransfer printers print onto a flexible, transparent film that is thermally bonded to the card - offering a high level of fraud protection.
In contrast, traditional dye sublimation card printers use a printhead that prints through a ribbon directly onto the card.
The retransfer printing process produces higher image quality and allows true edge-to-edge printing, even on uneven surfaces such as smart cards. It also eliminates the white border left by even the best dye sublimation printers.
Benefits of Retransfer Printing
- Higher image quality and print resolution
- The ability to print on uneven card surfaces such as smart cards
- True edge-to-edge printing (via over-the-edge printing). Traditional card printers must leave a white border because printing out to the edge would damage the printhead.
- The ability to print on non-PVC cards. Dye sublimation requires a porous surface available only through PVC cards.
- More durable and abrasion-resistant cards
- Fraud protection, since the film is inherently tamper-evident
How Retransfer Printing Technology Works
Retransfer technology works by printing the card in two phases:
- The card design is printed by dye sublimation on a transparent film
- The printed film is then fused to the card using a thermal bonding process for flawless results and high level tamper resistance.
As illustrated in the above video and diagram to the right, the built-in flattener applies pressure on the card, which ensures a perfectly flat surface.
Re-Transfer Printers at ID Card Group
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