Anyone know how these are made at the gym I think they use a gym but how is it made ?

Badge image

  • Do you need them specifically for identification only or do you need a card printer with mag strips and RFID chips?
    – Lilibete
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 3:21
  • For high volume operations, there are whole systems that print and laminate. For low volumes, you can use any printer and any laminating machine. You can buy sheets of micro-perf cards. You print the insert, stick it into a pre-formed laminating pocket, and run it through the laminating machine. The pockets can be pre-punched with the hole, or you punch the hole with a paper punch. The pre-formed pockets have rounded corners. On high-volume machines, a whole sheet of cards is printed and laminated, then the individual cards are punched out with a shaped punch.
    – fixer1234
    Commented Aug 31, 2019 at 0:17

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What you are seeing may have been constructed at the gym, but they would have used a device available to anyone. It's likely called a badge laminating machine or some combination of those terms.

Amazon sells a number of designs encompassing various size capacities. laminating machine

This is just one of many available. This particular model has a production restriction in that you cannot produce too many in too short of a period. If you exceed the limit, it's likely the machine will overheat and damage something internally.

More expensive models will have higher production capacity.

  • How does it work is there a laser or something ? @fred_dot_u
    – John doe
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 22:04
  • The experience I have with this type of product was for identification badges. The printer is fed with blank (white) cards and printed using dye sublimation method. Once completed, a final pass with a protective cover is made to seal in the colors and protect from scratches. If the product information does not state how the cards are printed, ask the seller.
    – fred_dot_u
    Commented Mar 28, 2018 at 0:34

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