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Photo ID Card Printers
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Why IDVILLE ID Makers?
Advanced Security & Data
Keep your business on the cutting edge of security with available digital data shedding, holographic overlays and proximity cards. We also feature data sharing technologies like barcodes, magnetic stripes and proximity cards. All for an incredible price!
User Friendly Card Design
ID card software can be confusing. This is where you will spend your time designing the perfect ID badge for your teams and encode all the badge data. Our ID Maker 3.0 badge software is something we like to show off because it is incredibly easy and our customers love it.
Free & Unlimited Tech Support
Whether you have simple questions or need last minute troubleshooting help, we are here for you! We'll even ship you a loaner printer if your printer needs a tune up or a fix. Print worry free with us by your side.
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HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT ID CARD PRINTER?
When looking to purchase an ID printer, there are three main points that differentiate each printer. Understanding them is critical to choosing the right one for you.
How many cards do I need to print per year?
ID card printers are commonly categorized by low, medium, and high volume printing capabilities, meaning they are designed to handle a different number of prints per year. The recommended number of prints can be stretched, but that means the lifespan of the printer can be shortened. The following are the recommended number of prints per year.
- Low volume: Up to 200 prints per year
- Medium volume: Up to 1,000 prints per year
- High volume: More than 1,000 prints per year
Will the badges be singled-sided or dual-sided?
Single-Sided Card Printer vs Dual-Sided Card Printer
The difference here is whether the printer prints on both sides of the blank PVC card or just one side. Many single-sided ID card printers can later be upgraded to dual-sided printers if your needs change, but there are so many ways to use the back of your ID card that most companies purchase a dual-sided printer to start. You can use the back of your card to implement data and security features, which frees up the front for a cleaner, more professional photo identification badge. For more information about using the back of your ID badge, visit our blog post: What to Put on the Back of an ID Badge.
What security or data storage features do I want
ID Badge Makers paired with our best-in-class ID Maker software have a wide range of printing and data capabilities. Thanks to our customer focused approach, we have innovated and implemented the following desired features as well as compatibility with most internal systems. Interested in learning more? Browse our Knowledge Center or give one of our ID specialists a call at 1.866.438.4553.
Barcodes and QR Codes: These are simple, cost-effective methods of storing data on cards. You can use this feature on any ID card printer paired with ID card software that supports these codes.
Magnetic Stripes: Magnetic stripes are another common method for storing data on cards. One might use this over a barcode due to its ability to hold more data and its usability with other systems. To use this feature, your printer must have the magnetic stripe encoding module, you must use PVC cards with a magnetic stripe, and you must have ID card software that can encode the data.
Smart Chips: Smart chips are the most secure way to store data. This is often used for storing large volumes of data or highly classified data. To utilize this feature, you will need a smart card encoder module on your printer, software that can encode the cards, and blank smart cards.
Holographic Overlays: Holographic overlay is an available security feature that makes it impossible to counterfeit your IDs without the overlay template. To implement holographic overlays on your IDs, simply use a holographic template. These can be purchased separately, but also come standard with some ID Maker Systems.
Biometrics: A fingerprint can be scanned and included with the ID card design making it impossible to create a fraudulent card.
For more information, check out our ID Card Features Infographic!
Is a Printer All I Need?
From software to imagery, there is more to ID Cards than just a printer. Try our Complete One-Box Printer System for everything you might need. Beyond that, accessories such as badge reels or custom lanyards could bring your ID badges to the next level.
If you are still unsure which ID badge printer best fits your needs, feel free to live chat or call an ID Specialist. They will listen and understand your unique needs so they can recommend the best solution for you. Not too much, not too little.