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Edge-to-Edge Printing vs. Over-the-Edge Printing

Edge-to-Edge Printing vs. Over-the-Edge Printing

What is edge-to-edge printing? 

  • Edge-to-edge printing is a common print style with direct-to-card ID card printers.
  • It leaves a slim border around the surface of your printed ID card. 
  • The border isn't printed; rather it's a small area of the card to which no print was applied. 
  • It is generally more affordable. 
  • Cards with a white border tend to look a little less professional than their border-free counterparts. 

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What is over-the-edge printing? 

  • This print method is available on reverse-transfer printers, also known as retransfer printers. 
  • It leaves no visible border around the edges of your printed ID card. 
  • The film fuses to the entire surface of the card, leaving no border.
  • It is a more expensive option, but it produces a higher-quality, more professional ID card. 

Now that you know the difference between edge-to-edge printing and over-the-edge printing, it's time to get yourself a new machine! 

ID Card Printer VS Inkjet Printer

ID Card Printer VS Inkjet Printer

You want a professional image? Don’t let a household printer and paper represent your brand. 

As the regularly require ID cards for identification and security - Education, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Retail, and Transport sectors around the world, so does the number of ways you can create them. 

Recently, inkjet kits have been launched which make it possible for inkjet printers to print onto PVC cards. From functionality to quality, there’s a significant difference between PVC card printing and inkjet card printing. We should look at how this compares to printing an ID card on a specially designed card printer which comes with security built-in. 

 

INKJET PRINTER 

The inkjet printing is water-based. Regular inkjet printers will not print on standard PVC plastic cards without smudging. Recently, suppliers have started offering kits, these kits come with special inkjet-specific PVC cards and a replacement tray that works in conjunction with an inkjet printer. 

Inkjet card kit printing simply lacks the security of PVC ID card printing. Security options are limited. 

Print quality is also an issue, the home printer ink will lay on top of the card which means it can be easily rubbed off, creating a potential for fraud and requiring more frequent replacement. 

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ID CARD PRINTER 

Dye sublimation is the process where the printhead heats the printer ribbon and the ink vaporizes and bonds with the plastic card. This type of printing produces average quality cards at higher print speeds. Also, provides a more durable and color-rich result. 

Many ID printers have security options built-in. Magicard printers offer the patented, original HoloKote® and Custom HoloKote® security features as well as holograms and lamination. 

The HoloKote image is frosted into the clear overcoat application of the standard print process resulting in a watermark like layer that can be visually verified when the card is tilted in the light. 

The average lifespan of an ID card printer is 5 years. Some have seen theirs last longer! How long does your standard inkjet printer last? 

 

If you’re looking to create robust, highly secure cards that are counterfeit-proof then using a specifically designed ID card printer is the only way to be confident in the results. 

Quick Facts About Direct-to-Card Printer

Quick Facts About Direct-to-Card Printer

Direct-to-Card Printers 

Also, a “dye sublimation printers”, these are most common and use ink ribbons & cards to print. The print head inside direct-to-card printers prints directly onto the cards themselves. 

  • Faster Print Speeds 
  • Lower cost per card (Consumables are less expensive) 
  • Card designs will typically have a small white border around the edge of the card because the print head cannot go over the edge of the cards 
  • Designed for printing on regular PVC cards, or adhesive back cards 

The common questions asked when a company is looking to implement a new ID system is, “What ID card printer is best for our company? 

Since there are many different selections for ID card printers, the response to this inquiry depends on each company needs for their cards. That’s why it is always a best idea to speak with ID experts to help guarantee that you choose the machine that ultimately fits your card printing requirements. 

Magicard card (direct-to-card) printers: 

 

Magicard Pronto 

FEATURES 

SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Compact and portable ID card printer 
  • Anybody can print ID card with a Magicard Pronto 
  • Versatile – print color or rewrite cards 
  • With HoloKote visual security 
  • Single-sided printing 
  • Print technology: 

300dpi colour dye sublimation, monochrome, thermal rewritable 

  • Feed System: 

Manual 

  • Visual Security: 

4 Standard HoloKote designs/HoloPatch for a highly-visible gold seal on the card 

  • Print Speed: 

35s Color / 7s Monochrome 

 

Magicard Enduro3E 

FEATURES 

SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Robust and reliable mid-volume card printing 
  • Versatile and flexible card printing 
  • ID card issuance you can trust 
  • With HoloKote visual security
  • Single-sided printing Double-sided printing 
  • Print technology: 

300dpi colour dye sublimation, monochrome, thermal rewritable 

  • Feed System: 

Manual and hopper fed 

  • Visual Security: 

4 Standard HoloKote designs / HoloPatch for a highly-visible gold seal on the card 

  • Print Speed: 

100 cards per hour Color / 500 cards per hour Monochrome 

 

Magicard Rio Pro 360 

FEATURES 

SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Optimized - Advanced electronics and software platform provides enhanced performance 
  • Secure - can print an anti-fraud customized watermark on every card 
  • With HoloKote visual security 
  • Single-sided printing Double-sided printing 
    • Print technology: 

    300dpi colour dye sublimation, monochrome, thermal rewritable 

    • Feed System: 

    Manual and hopper fed 

    • Visual Security: 

    10 Customized Holokote designs / 10 Standard HoloKote designs / HoloPatch for a highly-visible gold seal on the card 

    • Print Speed: 

    200 cards per hour Color / 750 cards per hour Monochrome 

    Guide to start an ID printing business.

    Guide to start an ID printing business.

    There are different factors you need to consider before investing into a business. In ID printing business, you have to invest on time, knowledge and creativity.  

    Starting an ID printing business is a good business venture that can make big profits for anyone desiring to start a business. ID badges and passes are important for school, corporate office, government and event use. Look for clients who regularly need corporate IDs, school IDs, VIP or discount cards, loyalty cards, contact cards and labels. 

    Machines and consumables are everywhere, you just need to differentiate those of better quality that can help you run your business for long term.  

    Choose a supplier that provide whole solution packages, one that is able to provide consistent quality at various quantities.  

    If you are looking for trusted ID printing supplier that can give excellent services and high quality of machines and consumable, you're in the right spot.  

    Competitive Card Solutions is the leading provider of identification products and solutions in the Philippines. Lets’ keep in touch. 

    Getting involved in this industry, you need to recognized exactly what type of machine you will need to buy. Once you have the appropriate type of machine on hand, you can start printing and bringing in revenue for your business. 

    You can check our products and solutions at CCS.COM.PH