Datacard SD160 ID Card Printer

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An efficient ID card printer from Datacard. Provide your small- or medium-sized business with colorful, custom ID cards printed in record speed.

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pdfDatacard SD160 brochure

Datacard SD160 print ribbons can be found in Safe-Card ID online store.

Printer Key Features

  • LCD screen and an ergonomically designed ribbon cartridge with a drop-in cleaning roller.
  • Built in USB ports.
  • New TrueMatch™ printing technology uses the latest Microsoft® XPS-based technolgies to increase speed and quality printing.
  • TruePick™ card handling accurately picks cards every time with no adjustment.

Printer Specifications

Print Method

Dye-Sublimation / Resin Thermal Transfer


300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm) continuous tone


Up to 16.7 million / 256 shades per pixel

Print Speed**

7.2 seconds per card (K*); 24 seconds per card (YMCKT*)

Accepted Standard Cards

  • ISO ID-1/CR-80 size cards
  • 3.370 in. x 2.125 in. (85.6 mm x 53.98 mm)
  • PVC with glossy laminate surface
  • Select key fob cards (ISO ID-1/CR-80 size cards)
  • Datacard® StickiCard™ adhesive-backed plastic cards

Print Area

CR-80 edge-to-edge (3.36˝L x 2.11˝W / 85.3mmL x 53.7mmW)

Input Hopper Card Capacity

100 cards (.030˝ / .762mm)

Output Hopper Card Capacity

Up to 25 cards (.030˝ / .762mm)

Card Thickness

0.010 in. to 0.037 in. (0.254 mm to 0.939 mm)


128 MB standard

Software Drivers

  • Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows Vista® (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows 2008 Server (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows XP SP3 (32 bit)
  • Windows 2003 Server R2 (32 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs
  • (WHQL) certified


  • Bidirectional USB 2.0


  • L 15.4 in. x W 6.9 in. x H 8.8 in.
  • (39.1 cm x 17.5 cm x 22.4 cm)


8.1 lbs (3.7 kg) (depending on options)


24-month standard depot warranty, 24-month printhead warranty (no pass restrictions)

Encoding Options

  • Magnetic stripe encoding
  • ISO 7811 Three-track option
  • JIS Type II Single-track option
  • High- and low-coercivity
  • Support for standard and custom data formats
  • Smart card personalization (Available soon)
  • Contact/contactless all-in-one reader
  • Contact station


  • Extended 100-card output hopper
  • Kensington® security lock for printer
  • Printer cleaning supplies
  • Print ribbon kits

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