Prima 8 ID card with laminator

Using retransfer technology, the Prima 8 produces photo quality cards, comparable to offset litho printing.
The in-line laminator option provides additional card durability and security.

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In-line lamination for extra durability and security

The Magicard Prima 8 is available with in-line lamination. This adds an additional overlay to protect the card from wear and fading of the image, mainly for cards which are used frequently or in outdoor environments. Laminates can be overlays or patch. Patch provides a thick protection layer on the card but is not quite edge-to-edge. Overlay provides a thinner protection layer, but is fully edge-to-edge.

Both types of laminates can also be supplied with a customisable holographic design. This is particularly suited to very high volume secure card printing. For lower volume secure printing use Custom HoloKote® on the Ultima or the Rio Pro 360.

laminated smart id cards

High-volume photo quality printing

FIPS 201 certified for the personalization of US Government credentials, the Magicard Prima 8 provides a reliable, robust solution for instant issuance 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.

laminated 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 inline 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 send you 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 card input
    100 card output

  • Warranty*

    3 Year

  • Visual Security

    Standard and custom
    holographic overlays

  • 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 401
Double-sided printing Prima 402
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 and 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
Standard holographic laminates Thin, 0.5 mil and 1 mil laminates available
Custom holographic laminates Thin, 0.5 mil and 1 mil laminates available
UV printing YMCK-UV 750 images (full colour and UV panel) Prima 434
Print speed Details  
Colour Over 100 cards per hour
Accepted cards Details  
Card sizes ISO CR80 85.6mm x 54mm / 3.375″ x 2.125″
ISO CR79 83.9mm x 51mm / 3.303″ x 2.051″
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 15.5 Kg / 34 lbs
Laminator weight 8.5Kg / 18.7 lbs
Printer size Height: 320 mm / 12.6″ Width: 343 mm / 13.5″ Length: 330 mm / 13″
Laminator size Height: 360 mm / 14.1″ Width: 210 mm / 8.3″ Length: 330 mm / 13.0″
Environmental operating range 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F) ; 35% to 70% non-condensing
Printer variants Details Product code
Laminator Uno Single-sided lamination Prima 451
Laminator Duo Double-sided lamination Prima 452

Prima 8 solutions

  • Corporate

    The Prima 4’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 4 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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  • Logical access

    A Prima 4 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. The Prima 4, fitted with an in-line laminator can print high quality, durable cards that last up to ten years.

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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 4 fitted with an in-line smart card encoder.

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Prima 8 consumables

  Product code Details Capacity
Prima 4 retransfer film Prima 431 YMCK colour dye film and retransfer film sets (x1 set) 1000 images 1000 images per set
Prima 433 YMCKK colour dye film black panel on reverse 750 images
Prima 434 YMCK-UV colour dye film with UV panel 750 images
Prima 436 Retransfer film 1000 images
Prima 4 patch laminate film Prima 462 Clear patch laminate 0.6mil 600 patches
Prima 463 Clear patch laminate 0.6mil with chip cutout 600 patches
Prima 464 Clear patch laminate 1.0mil 600 patches
Prima 465 Clear patch laminate 1.0mil with chip cutout 600 patches
Prima 467-patch Custom design holographic patch 0.6mil 600 patches
Prima 466 Clear OVD film 1000 overlays
Prima 468 Set up charge for custom overlay film/patch laminate
Prima 461 OVD ‘snowflake’ design film 1000 overlays
Cleaning kits E9887 Prima 4 cleaning kit 10x swabs, wipes, cards
E9681 Retransfer cleaning card 1x pack
E9682 Retransfer cleaning wipe 1x pack
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