It is possible to print your own ID cards from home. The two most popular types of paper to use for this process are Teslin and Artisyn. There are pros and cons of both types of material.
Teslin is a synthetic material that is waterproof and resistant. Teslin is a lot more durable than standard paper. It can be laminated easily in order to make it even more durable so that it will last longer than the standard paper ID. When printing on Teslin paper and laminating it afterwards, the laminated ID will have a seamless edge, which looks extremely professional. Teslin attaches to laminate extremely well so it will not delaminate.
There are two types of Teslin paper available. One type is used for laser printers. Typically, it will be about 10 ml thick and you can print on both sides of it. This type of paper is most often used for laser printing, litho printing, and it can also be used for Inkjet printers that use either a DuraBrite or UltraChrome ink.
The other type of Teslin paper is made to use with inkjet printers. This paper is also typically about 10 ml thick and you can print on both sides of it. This form of Teslin paper will work best with an inkjet printer that uses a dye based ink.
In addition to the types of paper there are also different sizes available. The common size is 8” by 11” so it can be used in a standard printer. There are also full sheets as well as perforated sheets available. The perforated sheets make it easier to print multiple IDs and simply pop them out as there is no cutting required.
Artisyn paper is more versatile than Teslin paper. It will work in both an inkjet printer as well as a laser printer. The paper is also more durable than Teslin, more dense, and produces images that are of a higher quality.
You can purchase Artisyn paper in full sheets or perforated sheets. The perforated sheets are recommended for printing ID badges because it will make it much easier to remove the IDs as they can simply be popped out. There is no need to cut them and all of the edges will be equal.
Artisyn paper is heat resistant, waterproof, tear resistant, and crinkle resistant. For those who are looking for the top of the line paper for their ID printing needs, Artisyn paper is the best choice.
The main difference between Teslin and Artisyn paper comes with the price. Teslin is cheaper than Artisyn and creates IDs that are of a high quality that will work for most applications. Artisyn paper is more expensive, but the images produced are of a high quality and the badges that are created using Artisyn paper are more durable.
Overall, both Teslin and Artisyn paper are both quality choices for producing high quality, professional looking ID badges.