Do you know what style of blank cards you need? With a wide range of options, there’s a card for almost every need; by knowing how you’ll use your cards, you can find the best card material.
Blank cards come in a wide range of sizes, colors, and styles. Standard plain blank ID cards are made from PVC plastic, which are the most commonly used cards. If you are printing cards in a dye sublimation printer with no lamination, this is the best card for you.
Sometimes card are made from a PVC/Poly plastic combo – this makes the cards more durable, so they can withstand higher heat during the printing process. You’ll want to use composite cards if you have a reverse transfer printer, or laminate your cards.
Encoded cards are designed to store data directly on the card in some way, including magnetic stripe cards, smart cards, RFID chip cards, and proximity cards.
These types of cards have a wide range of uses from school ID cards that pay for lunch and checking out library books to building key cards, time and attendance tracking cards, mass transit passes for the bus or subway, gift cards, and more.
Rewritable cards can only be used with rewritable ID card printers. With these cards you can print on a card, erase it, and print it again – up to 500 times per card!
The limitation for rewritable cards is their color options – you can only print in black or blue monochrome.