Can you do sublimation transfer on a normal PVC card or does it have to be a "thermal" PVC card (used in Evolis or Fargo printer)?

What is special with these thermal PVC cards? Do they have special layer that purports sublimation transfer?

Thanks, v

  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. Hardware questions are generally off-topic here. You should check in your printers' user manual, or contact the printer manufacturer to find out which stock you can use with your printer.
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    Jul 31, 2023 at 9:15

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Sublimation printing typically requires specialized materials that are designed to accept and permanently bond with sublimation inks. When it comes to PVC cards, standard PVC is not designed for dye-sublimation and will likely not produce the results you're looking for. Hope that helps. Although I have used a fargo ribbon printer to print directly onto PVC.

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