The most basic cards are made of 100% PVC, of the size and thickness of credit cards and ATM cards with which we are all familiar. This card can be manufactured in white or any color under the rainbow. It is cut out of large plastic sheets and left as thin wafers, or it can be made into sandwiches, encapsulating proximity wires. Smart (microprocessor or memory) chips or magnetic stripes may be embedded into or adhered to the card surface. For direct-to-card printing, the optimal surface texture is smooth, glossy and dirt- and debris-free.
PET cards offer the highest durability with a 40% polyester core and a glossy PVC laminate on top and bottom.
If using PolyGuard or Thermal Transfer Over laminate, use PET cards for best results.