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Core card printer

Core card printer


The Laser Personalization System for Ultra Secure Cards

Printing: Single-sided, Double-sided
Encoding: Magnetic stripes, Smart contact, Smart contactless
Card lifespan: +3 years
Number of cards per year: More than 30,000
Card security level: The Highest

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Core (Color secure) is a system which allows you to personalize ID cards in the format of an ID-1 card while ensuring a maximum level of security. Born from the partnership of Evolis and the Ixla company, the Core solution combines color dye sublimation printing, data encoding, laser engraving, and lamination.

Weight 38.5 kg

Double Sided, Single Sided


Magnetic stripes encoding kit, Smart contact station kit, Smart contactless

Card Lifespan

+3 years

Number of cards per year

More than 30,000

Card Security Level

The Highest


A multifunctional system for maximum card security

Core is a system dedicated to the instant production of secure cards and is capable of performing up to four operations in just one single step:

  • Single or double-sided color sublimation printing,
  • Data encoding on magnetic strips, contact or contactless smartcards (these technologies can be combined with each other),
  • Laser engraving of text, images, and security features, either single or double-sided,
  • Single or double-sided lamination, with or without holograms.


Thanks to this versatility, Core provides performance and productivity that are rarely equaled.

The Core system is ideal for printing all types of highly secure badges, such as:

  • National ID cards
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Airport access control badges
  • Military or police ID badges


Card security

With Core, you can integrate a range of highly secure personalization features:

  • Prevention of any attempt to fake cards thanks to a laser procedure:
    • Ghost images,
    • Microtext,
    • CLI (Changeable Laser Image),
    • Tactile effects,
    • LPI® (Laser Protected Image).
  • Premium protection thanks to the card lamination with or without holograms:
    • Varnish,
    • Patch,
    • Personalized or generic hologram.
  • Encoding technologies on magnetic strips, contact or contactless smartcards that can be combined with each other.

These different procedures used together significantly increase the security level of the card to prevent counterfeiting attempts.

Security technologies Core
  • Contact or contactless chip
  • Personal data laser engraved
  • CLI (Changeable Laser Image)
  • Microtext laser engraved
  • Color sublimation printing in 300 dpi (with or without LPI®)
  • Lamination with or without hologram
  • Ghost image laser engraved
  • MRZ (area easy to read by the machine) laser engraved with tactile effect


Security of the printing process:

Core ensures secure card production thanks to a:

  • Locking system to access the laser and lamination films,
  • Space for Kensington® security lock.


A unique and complete range of consumables

Core supports several card types: PC, PET, PVC, ABS, etc.

The range of Evolis High Trust® printing and lamination ribbons consists of:

  • Color ribbons adapted to all types of personalization:
    • YMCKO: full color card, single or double-sided,
    • ½ YMCKO: ½ color card,
    • YMCKO-K: full color card front/monochrome reverse,
    • UcYMCK: UnichromaTM ribbon adapted to printing with dye sublimation on polycarbonate cards.
  • Lamination films to protect the cards
    • Several patch sizes (0.6 – 1.0 mil)
    • Personalized holograms with overt, covert, and forensic security features.


General features

  • Color printing module, laser engraving module, and laminating station
  • Printing module:

– Direct-to-card dye-sublimation/Resin thermal transfer
– Edge-to-edge printing
– Single or double-sided printing
– 300 dpi print head (11.8 dots/mm)
– 16 million colors
– 16 MB memory (RAM)

  • Laser engraving module:

– Diode Pumped Solid State Laser (DPSSL) source, 6 watts
– Vector and raster graphics
– Dual-sided laser engraving
– Laser marking resolution: 600 dpi
– Single board computer driven by Windows Embedded System (WES)

  • Lamination module:

– Heat transfer
– Varnish or patch
– Double-sided lamination
– Flow: 2 mm/s to 18 mm/s
– Temperature: 100 °C to 180 °C

Speed of customization

  • Up to 70 single sided cards printed per hour with color printing, laser engraving and lamination


Options for laser engraving

  • CLI (Changeable Laser Image)
  • XY Positioning camera
  • OCR (Optical Character Recognition)



  • LAN Ethernet


Card management and specifications

  • Feeder capacity: 100 cards (0.76 mm – 30 mil)
  • Output hopper capacity: 100 cards (0.76 mm – 30 mil)
  • Reject tray capacity: 30 cards (0.76 mm – 30 mil)
  • Card thickness: 0.50 to 1 mm (20 to 40 mil), automatic gauge
  • Card types: Polycarbonate (PC) cards, PET cards, PVC cards, ABS cards, ABS cards.
  • Card format: ISO CR80 – ISO 7810 (53.98 mm x 85.60 mm)


Additional encoding modules

  • Available modules:

– ISO 7811 HiCo/LoCo, JIS2 magnetic stripe encoder
– Smartcard contact station ISO 7816-2
– Contact smartcard encoder – PC/SC, EMV 2000-1
– Contactless smartcard encoder – ISO 14443A, B, ISO15693, MIFARE, MIFARE+, DESFire, HID iCLASS
– Other specific encoders upon request

  • Options can be combined
  • Factory-installed



  • Data encryption for magnetic encoding
  • Locking system to access the laser and elements of lamination
  • Support for Kensington® security lock



  • Graphic printer status notifications using LEDs: feeder empty, cleaning alerts, end of ribbon alert, ribbon due to end, etc.


Evolis Hight Trust® ribbons

To maximize the quality and durability of printed cards, the lifespan of the print head and the overall printer reliability, use Evolis High Trust® ribbons.

  • Delivered in a drop-in cassette for easy handling
  • Easy-to-load cassette for laminating films



  • Software suite including all the tools for users and developers


Certification and declaration of conformity

  • CE
  • RoHS
  • Class 1 laser product (EN 60825)


Size and weight

  • Size: 480 x 280 x 940 mm (7.68’’ x 8.07’’ x 12.36’’)
  • Weight: 38.5 kg (84.87 lbs)



  • 1-year warranty (printer, print head, laser, heater), limited to 100,000 insertions (1)
  • Warranty extension available as an option