Prima 8 retransfer card printer

Using retransfer printing technology the Prima 8 produces high-quality photo cards quickly in large volumes, comparable to offset litho printing.

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High-volume photo-quality printing

FIPS 201 certified for the personalisation of US Government credentials, the Magicard Prima 8 provides a reliable, robust solution for instant issuance and lamination in a compact package. Using a retransfer printing process, images are first printed onto a thin film then heat transferred onto the card surface. This produces a high-resolution glossy image, printed right over the edge of the card.

Print government driver licences

Customisable stealth security

A special dye sublimation Ultra Violet (UV) ribbon can be used with the Prima 8 for the printing of invisible photographs, logos, text or symbols when issuing high-security cards. The UV ink is not detectable to the naked eye, but is only visible with the use of a UV light source. This special YMCK-UV ribbon offers an affordable yet still highly secure feature to decrease susceptibility to counterfeiting.

print and encode smart cards

Trusted electronic security

The Magicard Prima 8 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 Prima 8 can also be supplied with a magnetic stripe encoder built-in.


Backed by the industry’s best 3-year warranty*

Magicard Prima 8 with MagiCoverPlus – our promise to keep you printing.

The reliability of our well-established 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 warranty. In the unlikely event of a field failure, we will overnight a replacement loan printer to you whilst we repair your existing device.

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

Prima 8 specifications


  • Printing performance

    > 100 cards per hour

  • Card capacity

    100 cards input
    100 card output

  • Warranty*

    3 year

  • Visual Security

    UV panel

  • Operating systems

    Windows compatible


Printer Details Product code
Print technology 300dpi retransfer (600dpi option on request)
Feed system Hopper fed
Card capacity 100 card input hopper, 100 card output hopper
Single-sided printing Prima 801
Double-sided printing Prima 802
Security Electronic lock for hopper and door, security ribbon erase
Encoding options Details  
Magnetic stripe ISO 7811 – tracks 1, 2 and 3
Smart card Contact chip, MIFARE®, DESFire® and iClass®.
Other encoders available, see encoder compatibility matrix
Connectivity and drivers Details  
Operating Systems Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10 (32 and 64bit) Windows server 2003 R2 SP2, 2008, 2012
USB connection USB rev1.1 and USB 2.0
Ethernet connection Secure IPSEC Ethernet fitted as standard
Warranty Details  
3 year UltraCoverPlus Telephone support, full printhead coverage and loaner service.
*Available in North America, EU and other selected territories.
*Elsewhere a minimum of 1 year limited depot warranty.
Visual security Details Product code
UV printing YMCK-UV 750 images (full colour and UV panel) Prima 834
Print speed Details  
Colour Up to 100 cards per hour
Accepted cards Details  
Card sizes ISO CR80 85.6mm x 54mm / 3.375″ x 2.125″
Card types PVC, ABS, PET, PVH, and polycarbonate ISO blank cards, HiCo magnetic stripe and smart cards
Card thickness 0.25mm to 1.0mm / 0.010” to 0.040”
Physical specifications Details  
Printer weight 15.5Kg / 34lbs
Printer size Height: 320mm / 12.6″ Width: 343mm / 13.5″ Length: 330mm / 13″
Environmental operating range 15°C to 30°C / 59°F to 86°F ; 35% to 70% non-condensing
Optional upgrades Details Product code
In-line laminator Single-sided or double-sided lamination Prima 451 / Prima 452
Bend remedy for Prima 4 Duo only Fitted as standard in Prima 4 Uno Prima 424
Printer variants Details Product code
Prima 4 Uno Single-sided retransfer printer Prima 801
Prima 4 Duo Double-sided retransfer printer Prima 802

Prima 8 solutions

  • Corporate

    The Prima 8’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 Prima 8 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

    A Prima 8 fitted with an in-line EMV encoder can be used for the in-branch issuance of secure payment cards.

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  • Facilities

    Critical facilities require robust and secure ID cards. The Prima 8, fitted with an in-line laminator can print high quality, durable cards that last up to ten years.

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  • Logical access

    A Prima 8 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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  • Healthcare

    Multi-application health cards, including patient records, insurance details and critical information such as blood group and medications can be issued using a Prima 8 fitted with an in-line smart card encoder.

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Prima 8 consumables

  Product code Details Capacity
Prima 8 dye film Prima 831 Set of 5 YMCK dye films + 5 retransfer films 1000
Prima 832 Colour dye film, YMCK 1000
Prima 833 Colour dye film, with black on reverse,YMCKK 750
Prima 834 Colour dye film, with UV panel on reverse, YMCK-UV 750
Prima 835 Colour dye film, with peel off panel on reverse, YMCK-PO 750
Prima 8 retransfer film Prima 436 Retransfer film 1000
Cleaning kits E9887 Prima 4 cleaning kit 10x swabs, wipes, cards
E9681 Retransfer cleaning card 1x pack
E9682 Retransfer cleaning wipe 1x pack
E9683 Magnetic stripe cleaning kit – EU 10x cards (EU only)
SecuriCards 125 KHz Proximity
SMA Proximity
MIFARE Classic®
Contact chip
Blank cards M9006-793 Premium blank white cards – CR80
M9006-794 Blank white cards with magnetic stripe – CR80

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Magicard 600 190 100 /70 3 years MagiCoverPlus 10 custom HoloKotes Windows / Mac OS X
Magicard 300 156 100 /70 3-year MagiCover Limited 4 custom HoloKotes Windows / Mac OS X
Reverse transfer printers
Ultima 100+ 200 / 200 3 year UltraCoverPlus Custom and standard Windows / Mac OS X
Prima 8 100+ 100 / 100 3 year UltraCoverPlus UV Windows
Prima 8 with laminator 100+ 100 / 100 3 year UltraCoverPlus UV Windows

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