Magicard Helix retransfer card printer

Combining high definition retransfer print quality with an intelligent interface and in-line visual security,
Helix is the new foundation of trusted identity.

New Magicard Helix reverse transfer ID card printer

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Magicard helix touch screen display

Intuitive touch screen interface

The Magicard Helix is the first ever desktop card printer to feature an interactive touch-screen interface.
Visual indicators show connectivity, temperature and how many prints are remaining on all consumables. A preview screen during printing shows the exact card being personalised and progress through the print cycle. The intuitive interface makes it easy to change settings, with additional help provided through animated video sequences.

Print custom holokote watermark on your ID cards

The World’s first retransfer printer with built-in visual security

Helix is the World’s first retransfer printer with built-in visual security. Using an evolution of Magicard’s famous HoloKote® security feature, Helix can apply a secure watermark to each card during the retransfer process. This feature also exploits the wavelengths and lens effect of the retransfer film to fluoresce under UV lighting conditions.

Print ID cards or payment card in high volumes

High-volume best quality printing

The Magicard Helix uses a retransfer printing process, where images are first printed onto a thin film then heat transferred onto the card surface. This produces our highest resolution photo quality image, printed right over the edge of the card. By printing on to this controlled substrate, print imperfections due to irregular card surfaces or around embedded card chips are eliminated. Equipped with a high grade processing unit, Helix is powered by Magicard’s most advanced and durable print engine and features our highest capacity consumables (1000 prints) and hoppers (200 cards), making it ideal for high volume localised or even centralised issuance.

Print custom holokote watermark on your ID cards

Our most versatile card issuance printer

The Magicard Helix prints litho-quality cards from a compact desktop package. This versatility enables you to issue secure IDs in high volume or in small volumes for replacement or additional credentials. Its Custom HoloKote watermark feature provides an extra layer of visual security without the need for an inline lamination unit and expensive custom overlays with high MOQs. Single-sided Helix printers can be upgraded to double-sided capability with a simple electronic upgrade key.

Print magnetic stripe cards, smart cards and chip and pin cards

Trusted electronic security

The Magicard Helix can be equipped with a range of card encoding devices to write secure electronic data to cards at the point of issuance. Smart card encoding options include contact chip, MIFARE®, DESFire® and iClass®. Specialist high-security encoders, such as EMV accredited devices, can also be fitted for the in-line personalisation of payment cards. The Helix can also be supplied with a magnetic stripe encoder built-in.

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Backed by the industry’s best 3 year warranty*

Magicard Helix with UltraCoverPlus – our promise to keep you printing.

The reliability of our most advanced print engine enables us to offer you a comprehensive 3 year warranty with full telephone and online support. This includes a free replacement for any printhead damaged over the lifetime of the printer. In the unlikely event of a field failure, we will send you a replacement loan printer whilst we repair your existing device.

*Available in the EU, North America and other selected territories.
Elsewhere 1 year minimum limited depot warranty.

Helix specifications


  • Printing performance

    > 125 full colour cards
    per hour

  • Card capacity

    200 card input
    200 card output

  • Warranty*

    3 year UltraCoverPlus
    with hot swap printer
    and lifetime printhead cover

  • Visual Security

    Standard or Custom HoloKote®
    watermark with UV effect

  • Operating systems

    Windows and Mac
    OS compatible


Print technology300dpi retransfer, 256 colour depth level (8Bit)
Feed systemHopper fed
Card capacity200 input / 200 output
Single-sided printing
Double-sided printing
SecurityStandard: Kensington lock
Optional: User log-on, secure film cassettes, secure blank media feeder, secure card reject hopper and ribbon erase facility
DisplayTFT LCD panel, Size: 4.3 inch, Resolution: 480×272,
Colour depth: 16.7 million colours, Resistive touchscreen
Memory size128MB
Encoding / variantsDetails 
Magnetic stripeISO 7811 – tracks 1, 2 and 3, JIS2
ContactISO 7816 and EMV
ContactlessMIFARE®, DESFire®, Pro, iClass®.
Other encoders available, see encoder compatibility matrix
Connectivity and driversDetails 
Operating systemsWindows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10 (32 and 64bit)
Windows server 2003 R2 SP2, 2008, 2012, 2016
GNU/Linux and Mac OS X 10.9.0 onwards
USB connection
Micro SD
3 year UltraCoverPlus*Includes printer loaner and lifetime warranty on the printhead.
*Available in North America, EU and other selected territories.
Elsewhere a minimum of 1 year limited depot warranty.
Print speedDetails 
Colourup to 125 cards per hour
Accepted cardsDetails 
Card sizesISO CR80 85.6mm x 54mm / 3.375″ x 2.125″
Card typesPVC, PET, PC, PVH, ABS
Card thickness0.51mm to 1.30mm / 0.020” to 0.050”
Printer specificationsDetails 
Printer weight14.4Kg / 31.7lb
Printer sizeHeight: 420mm / 16.5″ Width: 455mm / 17.9″
Length: 330mm / 13″
Environmental operating range10°C to 30°C / 50°F to 85°F
Power sourceExternal power supply 100-240V 50-60Hz
Printer variantsDetailsProduct code
Helix UnoSingle-sided printer3663-0001
Helix Uno MagSingle-sided printer with magnetic stripe encoder3663-0002
Helix Uno SmartSingle-sided printer with smart card encoder3663-0003
Helix Uno Smart MagSingle-sided printer with smart card and magnetic stripe encoders3663-0004
Helix DuoDouble-sided printer3663-0021
Helix Duo MagDouble-sided printer with magnetic stripe encoder3663-0022
Helix Duo SmartDouble-sided printer with smart card encoder3663-0023
Helix Duo Smart MagDouble-sided printer with smart card and magnetic stripe encoders3663-0024

Helix consumables

 Product codeDetailsCapacity
Helix HoloKote® film HX750YMCKSHelix YMCKS secure HoloKote® dye film750 images
Helix HoloKote® film set SET-HX3000SHelix YMCKS secure HoloKote® film set (4x YMCKS and 3x RT films)3000 images
Helix dye films HX1000YMCKHelix YMCK dye film1000 images
HX750YMCKKHelix YMCKK dye film750 images
Retransfer film HX1000RTHelix RT film1000 images
Helix film set SET-HX4000Helix YMCK film set (4x YMCK and 4x RT films)4000 images
Helix cleaning kit E9887Helix cleaning kit10x swabs, wipes, cards
E9681Retransfer cleaning card1x pack
E9682Retransfer cleaning wipe1x pack
E9683Magnetic stripe cleaning kit – EU10x cards (EU only)
UltraSecure cards 125 KHz Proximity
SMA Proximity
MIFARE Classic®
Contact chip

Helix solutions

  • Corporate

    The Helix’s superior print quality, combined with its robust print engine and encoding options make it a trusted choice for medium to large enterprises for the localised issuance of multi-application employee cards.

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  • Physical access

    A Helix fitted with an in-line smart card encoder can write physical access data to a smart card at the point of issuance.

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  • Government

    Retransfer printing is widely used by federal and local governments for the localised issuance of secure citizen ID cards, such as driving licences, voter registration cards and even National ID cards.

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  • Payments

    Visual security, in-line EMV encoders and physical security provided by electronic locking doors and hoppers make Helix the perfect choice for the in-branch issuance of secure payment cards.

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  • Logical access

    A Helix fitted with an in-line smart card encoder can write logical access data to a smart card at the point of issuance.

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  • Facilities

    Critical facilities require robust and secure ID cards. Helix, with its HoloKote visual security, combined with durable retransfer film is the trusted choice for many airports, military facilities and power plants.

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  • Data

    A Helix fitted with an in-line smart card encoder can write important personal data to the smart card chip at the point of issuance.

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  • Healthcare

    A Helix fitted with an in-line smart card encoder can write important personal data to the smart card chip at the point of issuance. Multi-application health cards, including patient records, insurance details and critical information such as blood group and medications can be issued using a Helix fitted with an in-line smart card encoder.

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