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What Kind of Blank Cards are Available for Plastic Card Printers?

When buying blank cards for your plastic card printer, it is important to choose the right type as it can either spell savings or extra costs.

All plastic card printers accept standard CR8030 cards. These are the commonly used credit card-sized plastic cards. For the uninitiated, the “CR80” refers to the cards dimensions (3.370 x 2.125 inches), while the “30” refers to its mil thickness.

The most common material used for plastic cards is PVC, short for polyvinyl chloride. PVC is used in several other types productsincluding pipes, bottles, and medical equipment because it is cheap to manufacture. PVC cards are relatively durable but could melt when used in high-energy image transfer processes like retransfer printing and lamination.

Composite cards, which are made of 60% polyvinyl chloride and 40% polyethylene terephthalate, offer more flexibility and better heat resistance compared to regular PVC cards. This makes them ideal for use with retransfer printers.


For assistance in choosing the most cost-effective blank card for your plastic card printer, send us a message through our website or call our friendly ID professionals at 1-800-667-1772.

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