ID Card Printers Australia

A complete range of ID Card Printers are available from Identity People in Australia.  As a premium Re-seller Distributor of ID card solutions and systems we offer our customers the best options of ID card printer. If you’re looking to take advantage of our expert advice and recommendations, or if you already know what you’re looking for Identity People  can help . Every business and organisation has a slightly different requirement when it comes to the printing of ID cards, below you will find information and guidance on how to select the best id card printer. 

We’ve hand picked our range of printers to ensure all of our printers deliver reliability, easy of use and cost effectiveness. We pride ourselves in providing the best of breed solutions and putting our customers long term ID card printing needs at the forefront of our business decisions.

An ID Card Printer for small business

Entry Level
ID Card Printers

Low cost, low feature printers for small organisations looking to issue professional looking cards in-house. Excellent value for money, reliability and ease of use are common place amongst all of our ID card printers.

An ID Card Printer for fast print and low cost printing

Performance Series
ID Card Printers

Delivering high performance and providing a wide range of options, our ID card printers will give you complete peace of mind. Reduce your cost per print and total cost of ownership with an ID card printer from Identity People Australia.

ID Card Printers

When print quality and a limitless range of options matter, choose from the professional range of ID card printers at Identity People. Ultra sharp printing from HDP range and amazing print speeds from the new HDP6600.

Special Event
ID Card Printer

If you need large format or oversize ID cards, Identity People Australia have an ID card printer to suit. We can help you easily identify who is who, and help secure your event.

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About Our ID Card Printers

Different ID Card Printing Technologies

There are 2 differing  technologies used in ID card printers. Most of the printer, and all that are lower cost,  are direct-to-card ID card printers then there are the high quality Retransfer, or reverse image ID card printer.

Direct-to-Card ID Card Printers

Using  dye sublimation printing technology,  a dye-based ribbon that is made up of 3  color panels that are printed one on top of the other to produce the colour image. A separate panel on the same ribbon is used for Black and again another ribbon panel for overlay or top coat.  As the ID card moves through the ID printer a printhead heats each panel of the ribbon, diffusing dye onto the card surface. Direct-to-card ID card printers produce up to 16.7 million colors with 300 dpi resolution. 

The Overlay or topcoat panel of the ribbon is essential to protect the colour print from fading off a card printed from a Direct-to-card ID card printer. 

Retransfer ID Card Printers

Also known as ‘reverse image’ or ‘HDP’, retransfer printing is different to the direct-to-card technology. With retransfer ID card printers, the ID card image is  printed to the reverse side of a clear film called retransfer film. The transfer film is then fused onto the surface of the card and over the edges. This allows you to print “over the edge” of your cards, ensuring no white border or edge. Retransfer printers typically provide much more vivid colours, much sharper images and overall a better looking card. Because the transfer film is applied over the top surface of the card, this technology is highly recommended when printing onto Mifare Cards or Proximity cards.

Retransfer or HDP Printers come with unlimited lifetime warranty on the printer heads, because the print heads never make contact with the card surface you will never have to worry about a physical scratch or damage to the head.

Direct-to-Card ID card Printer Image
Single Side ID Card Printers Image

ID Card Printer Types

  • Single-sided As the name suggests single sided ID Card printers print to one side of the card only. . Typically more affordable and more compact you don’t sacrifice additional options like card encoding, RFID technology or secure ID card lamination options. Customers can manually turn the cards over to print to the back of cards, or pre-print batches of ID card backs ready for personalisation on the front of the card. 
  • Double Sided ID card printers streamline your card printing issuance. A flipper module in installed into the printer. The printer will print the front of the card, flip the card over, then print the back of the card before ejecting your freshly printed ID card into the output hopper. If your cards are going to have variable data on both sides of a double sided ID card printer is essential. 

It is important to note that most, but not all, models of ID card printer can be upgraded from a single sided to a double sided version. These are typically available via an upgrade module. Some are physical upgrades requiring parts, others are firmware controlled and activated by special RFID ribbons. 

An ID card printer can have a variety of card encoding options

  • Magnetic stripe Encoding: Most models of  ID card printer can have a magnetic encoder installed. This allows you to éncode’ data on the magnetic strip on the back of the card. Typically found in club membership rewards, point of sale environments.
  • Contact Smart Chips: Some printers can have a contact smart cards  reader/ encoder added to them. With the help of special software the ID Card printer will move the smart card the card encoder and embed the required data into sectors or sections of the card. External readers and devices can then read this data. With the proliferation of contactless cards – contact smart chips aren’t very common place in Australia.
  • Contactless RFID  card printers: these cards do not need to physically make contact with an encoder or reader to transfer data. The printer with the help of specialised software will read card data or serial numbers. Data can also be stored into sectors of the cards for use by applications. Commonly Access control, student ID cards, photocopier cards are printed by these card printers.

Security features Available on Some ID Card Printers

  • Watermark or Holocote – A low cost, out of the box security feature that uses the overlay panel from a direct-to-card ID card printer to provide a clear watermark image over the card surface. Visible when the card is tilted in the light – It adds more by the way of a visual effect rather than a clear ID card security feature.
  • Micro Text – Retransfer ID card printers can typically offer ID cards printed with some covert security features, including micro text. Tiny text made possible by their higher print quality, Micro text helps add a layer of security to an ID card without increasing the cost. 
  • Lamination / Holograms – At the  higher end of the ID card printer range is hologram and more specifically custom hologram options. An image can be embedded into the laminate film which is clearly visible, extremely hard to reproduce and looks amazing. Not all card printers can have a hologram/lamination option included. Note: Costs of custom hologram are very high.
Security Image option for ID card printer
Watermark ID Card Security

Choosing the Right ID Card Printer for your Organisation

Choosing the right ID card printer can be overwhelming. It is helpful to know the answers to the following questions, this will help you make sense of the many ID card printer makes, models and options.

Do you need to print on just one side of the ID card or will you need a double sided card printer?

If you feel your card printing is going to change in the future and you may need to move from single sided to a double sided card printer in the future, make sure you look at a model of printer that has field upgrade modules to allow for a double sided upgrade.

Will your ID card printer be connected to a network, or is it ok to be connected to a single PC via USB?

Of this is a main contributing factor for organisations stepping beyond the entry level range of card printers. If looking to have multiple people print to the card printer, ensure you consider the software being printed from and that you don’t need additional licenses for that.

Do you need your cards to interact with another system or device?

If the answer is yes, you will have to choose a printer with the right encoder or technology. 

There are several options to add data to your cards, or allow them to seamlessly interact with other systems

  • Magnetic Stripe:  Widely used for membership rewards, Point of sale, time & attendance, and photocopier cost recovery systems.
  • Barcodes: Very common place for libraries, ticketing and events.
  • RFID Smart Cards: MiFare & Proximity cards are commonly used in Access Control systems, photocopier cost recovery, and time & attendance systems.

How many cards will you print per year?

While the quality of entry level ID card printers has improved dramatically over the years, manufacturers still put a greater emphasis on the robustness of the higher end models. If your going to be printing a large volume of cards it is definitely worth looking for a card printer that is designed specifically for that volume.

Do you need ID card security?

You can reduce the risk of counterfeit with a range of technologies. Simple watermark features may be suitable for many organisations whereas large corporates and government agencies will benefit from an ID Card printer system that can offer a high secure hologram.

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