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First Time Printing?

If you’re considering buying an expensive PVC ID Card Printer, there are a few less-costly options you should consider. We can help you make your own ID cards for a fraction of the cost of a dedicated card printer - at the same or better quality. Our products make it easy to make a single card, or hundreds of cards if needed.

Teslin/Pouch

Print on a perforated sheet of Teslin. Pop each card out. Laminate separately using a lamination pouch.

Cards will be glossy or matte, depending on the chosen lamination pouch.

Cards will have a very small clear border on one of the edges.

Equipment

Most convenient for

  • Small batches

Price per card *

  • $0.40
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Teslin/Full Sheet

Print on a sheet of Teslin with no perforations. Laminate the entire sheet. Die cut each card out.

Cards will be glossy or matte depending on the chosen lamination sheet.

Cards will have perfect edges.

Equipment

Most convenient for

  • Large batches

Price per card *

  • $0.38
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Inkjet PVC

Print on inkjet printable PVC cards, a few at a time, that you insert in a plastic tray especially designed for your printer.

Cards will be semi-glossy and will have perfect edges.

PVC cards do not require lamination, nor should they be so.

Equipment

Most convenient for

  • Small batches
  • Medium batches

Price per card *

  • $0.23
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Thermal Printer

An average sub $100 inkjet printer will print at a quality similar or better than an entry-level $1,000-$2,000 thermal printer.

Thermal ID printers eventually need parts replaced, such as the rollers and printhead. These repairs cost in the $300-$700 price range.

Thermal printers are useful in specific use cases, where they're integrated in larger on-demand systems, most likely not your case.

Depending on how many cards you want to print, price per card can range from $2 to $5.

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* Price per card was calculated for a 100 card batch and it assumes you already own the required equipment (see a more complete cost list below).

Not sure which to pick?

Send us your questions and we will get back with helpful information as soon as possible. These pro tips can also help you better understand what you need.

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Pro tips

You can not reuse 8-Up Perforated Teslin after you've removed a card from the sheet, so choose this method when you want to print in the ballpark of 8, 16, 32 cards at a time.

If you want to print a small batch, Inkjet PVC may be the most cost effective method, if you already own a compatible printer.

Cost per card

If you know how many cards you'll need to print, these costs per card will help you get an idea of what your most economical setup should be. They cover all scenarios we could think of, with and without equipment.

Teslin/Pouch

50 cards 100 cards 250 cards 500 cards
I have all the equipment: $0.49 $0.40 $0.39 $0.38
Add laminator: $1.49 $0.90 $0.59 $0.48
Add printer & laminator: $3.49 $1.90 $0.99 $0.68
Cost was calculated using 8-up Inkjet Teslin sheets.
Cost per card includes ink. Laminator: $50. Printer: $100.

Teslin/Full Sheet

50 cards 100 cards 250 cards 500 cards
I have all the equipment: $0.38 $0.38 $0.38 $0.36
Add die cutter: $2.18 $1.28 $0.74 $0.54
Add laminator: $5.38 $2.88 $1.38 $0.86
Add die cutter & laminator: $7.18 $3.78 $1.74 $1.04
Add printer & die cutter & laminator: $9.18 $4.78 $2.14 $1.24
Cost was calculated using Inkjet Teslin sheets. Cost was calculated using the best possible purchase price for materials. Example for 250 cards: we are buying two 25-packs of Teslin (good for 400 cards) instead of one 25-pack and two 5-packs (good for 280).
Cost per card includes ink. Die Cutter: $90. Laminator: $250. Printer: $100.

Inkjet PVC

50 cards 100 cards 250 cards 500 cards
I have all the equipment: $0.29 $0.23 $0.23 $0.21
Add PVC tray: $0.69 $0.43 $0.31 $0.25
Add compatible printer & PVC tray: $2.69 $1.43 $0.71 $0.45
Cost per card includes ink. PVC Tray: $20. Printer: $100.

Thermal Printer

50 cards 100 cards 250 cards 500 cards
I have a thermal printer: $0.37 $0.37 $0.37 $0.37
Add an entry level thermal printer: $37.37 $18.87 $7.77 $4.07
Cost per card was calculated using the Zebra ZXP 7 Series printer, valued at $1,850. Ribbons (ink): $72 for 250 prints. Cards: $40 per 500 cards.
We didn't include any maintenance costs (printer heads, rollers, or cleaning kits).