When you are looking for a printer that will print badges or ID cards, you have quite a few different material and feature options. You may be wondering which type of card is right for you. If you’re holding a convention or event, its better to have cheaper, one-time use cards. The Nisca ID Card Printer and other similar products can print exactly what you are looking for. However, if you are regulating access to your business or seeking to properly identify your employees, you may want something that they can carry around for years to come.
Traditional cards are made from polyvinyl carbonate (PVC). This petroleum-based product is quite efficient and affordable. This is the same material used to make your driver license, credit cards, debit cards, and different loyalty cards. Additives in the PVC compounds aid in the flexibility and durability of the card, but also make it so the cards do not decompose. If you want to provide a card for years to come, this might be seen as a good feature. However, when discarding these cards, they do not decompose in landfills. This means that they are slowly damaging the environment. Think about how many cards you carry. Now multiply that number by the number of people in the world. There are billions and billions of PVC cards circulating around the world, and that’s a lot of PVC.
Though PVC is durable, it can still break down and degrade. Chances are, you have had at least one credit or debit card break. If you are looking for even more durability for high use situations, composite PVC cards are more durable and stronger than traditional PVC. They are comprised of PVC layers with a polyester core to make the card less brittle and less likely to snap. Even with the added layer, composite cards are no larger or wider than traditional PVC. Printers such as the Nisca ID Card printer are capable of printing on these composite cards.
PVC, the primary component of traditional cards and the composite cards, is not a very environmentally friendly substance. Additives in traditional cards prevent the PVC from breaking down in a landfill. Eco-friendly cards do not have added preservatives that keep them from breaking down. Therefore, they are not nearly as damaging to the environment because they decompose in landfills much faster.
Since they are the same size and have similar rigidity as traditional cards, they can be printed easily on the Nisca ID Card Printer from Badge Express. This versatility device can print all three card types. The cards can be printed with magnetic stripes and holograms. Also, they can be printed in monochrome or full color, no matter which type of material you choose.