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Fargo DTC4250e ID Card Printer

Versatile card printing solution for mid-sized ID card programs.

  • Single-sided, dye sublimation printer
  • Incredibly fast print times - print full color cards in just 16 seconds
  • 100 card input hopper, 100 card output hopper
  • Upgrade options: Dual-sided printing, Magnetic stripe encoding, Ethernet, same side input/output hopper

Fargo DTC4250e Overview

  • Printing Capability: Single sided
  • Print Technology: Dye Sublimation
  • Print Speed: Full color single sided cards in 16 seconds & monochrome in 6
  • Cost per Card: $0.66
  • Input/Output Hopper: 100/100 cards
  • Warranty: 3 year warranty for both printer and printhead

Specially designed for mid-sized card programs, the Fargo DTC4250e single sided ID card printer can produce full color cards in just seconds. For easy maintenance and to reduce printer downtime, the ribbons for the DTC4250e come with an included cleaning roller so you can easily batch print cards.

Speedy ID Card Printing

When you need to print ID cards quickly, you can't beat the speed of the DTC4250e. With the ability to print single-sided full color cards in just 16 seconds, or monochrome cards in 6 seconds, and the 100 card input-output hopper for batch printing, your registration office or front desk will never be waiting for cards.

If you need to print multiple types of cards, the DTC4250e is equipped to print on both standard CR-80 cards and CR-79 adhesive backed cards. You can also print on cards of varying thickness, from thin 9 mil business cards to thinker 40 mil technology cards.

Options for Larger Batch Printing

If you need to print large numbers of cards at once, the DTC4250e comes with several options to make that easier. The default input and output card hoppers hold 100 cards each, so you can print 100 cards at a time without needing to reload the printer with more cards. For ease of use, you can also upgrade to a same side card input/output hopper(traditionally the input hopper is on one side, and the output hopper on the other) so all your cards are on the same side.

Printer Options & Upgrades

The DTC4250e is available with the following upgrades:

  • 52000 - Fargo DTC4250e Single-Sided ID Card Printer - No Encoding - Dual-Input Hopper
  • 52010 - Fargo DTC4250e Single-Sided ID Card Printer - ISO Mag Encoding - Dual-Input Hopper
  • 52200 - Fargo DTC4250e Single-Sided ID Card Printer - No Encoding - Same-Side Input/Output Hopper
  • 52210 - Fargo DTC4250e Single-Sided ID Card Printer - ISO Mag Encoding - Same-Side Input/Output Hopper

DTC4250e Printer Warranty

The Fargo DTC4250e ID card printer comes with a three year manufacturer warranty covering the printer and printhead (one-time replacement).


Print Method

Dye-Sublimation / Resin Thermal Transfer


300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm) continuous tone


Up to 16.7 million / 256 shades per pixel

Print Ribbon Options

Options include easy-to-use ribbon with disposable ribbon cartridge (EZ) and more economical and eco-friendly refill ribbon for cartridge (ECO).
Both EZ and ECO:

ƒ Resin black (standard), 1000 prints
EZ only:

ƒ Full-color with resin black and overlay panel, YMCKO*, 250 prints
ƒ Full-color half-panel with resin black and overlay panel, YMCKO*, 350 prints
ƒ Full-color with two resin black panels and overlay panel, YMCKOK*, 200 prints
ƒ Full-color with fluorescing, resin black and overlay panel, YMCFKO*, 200 prints
ƒ Full-color with fluorescing, two resin black panels and overlay panel, YMCFKOK*, 175 prints
ƒ Resin black and overlay panel, KO*, 500 prints
ƒ Dye-sublimation black and overlay panel, BO*, 500 prints
ƒ Resin green, blue, red, white, silver, gold, 1000 prints
ƒ Resin silver and gold metallic, 500 prints

Print Speed

6 seconds per card (K*); 8 seconds per card (KO*); 16 seconds per card (YMCKO*); 24 seconds per card (YMCKOK*)

Accepted Standard Card Sizes

CR-80 (3.375˝L x 2.125˝W / 85.6mmL x 54mmW)
CR-79 Adhesive Back (3.313˝L x 2.063˝W / 84.1mmL x 52.4mmW)

Print Area

CR-80 edge-to-edge (3.36˝L x 2.11˝W / 85.3mmL x 53.7mmW)
CR-79 (3.3˝L x 2.04˝W / 83.8mmL x 51.8mmW)

Accepted Card Thickness

.009˝ – .040˝ / 9 mil – 40 mil / .229mm – 1.016mm

Accepted Card Types

PVC or polyester cards with polished PVC fnish; monochrome resin required for100% polyester cards; optical memory cards with PVC fnish; rewrite

Input Hopper Card Capacity

100 cards (.030˝ / .762mm)

Output Hopper Card Capacity

100 cards (.030˝ / .762mm)

Card Cleaning

Card cleaning roller integrated into ribbon cartridge; cleaning roller is automatically replaced with each ribbon change



Software Drivers

Windows® XP / Vista™ (32 bit & 64 bit) / Server 2003 & 2008 / Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 (32 bit & 64 bit)


USB 2.0, optional Ethernet with internal print server

Operating Temperature

65° to 80° F / 18° to 27° C


20–80% non-condensing


Single-Sided Printer: 9.8˝ H x 18.1˝ W x 9.2˝ D / 249 mm H x 460 mm W x 234 mm D
Dual-Sided Printer: 9.8˝ H x 18.7˝ W x 9.2˝ D / 249 mm H x 475 mm W x 234 mm D


Single-Sided: 9 lbs. / 4.1 kg;
Dual-Sided: 11 lbs / 5 Kg

Agency Listings

Safety: UL 60950-2, CSA C22.2 (60950-07), and CE; EMC: FCC Class A, CE (EN 55022 Class A, EN 55024), CCC, BSMI, KC

Power Supply Requirements

100-240 VAC

Supply Frequency

50 Hz / 60 Hz

Encoding Options

Supported smart card and magnetic stripe technologies:
125 kHz (HID Prox) reader; 13.56 MHz (iCLASS® Standard/SE/SR/Seos, MIFARE Classic®, MIFARE Plus®, MIFARE DESFire®, MIFARE DESFire® EV1, ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693) read/write encoder; contact smart card encoder reads from and writes to all ISO7816 1/2/3/4 memory and microprocessor smart cards (T=0, T=1) as well as synchronous cards; ISO magnetic stripe encoding, dual high- and low-coercivity, tracks 1, 2 and 3


Single wire ethernet and USB 2.0 interface for inline printing and encoding (note: single wire Ethernet encoding is only available for iCLASS®, MIFARE®, and contact smart card encoding); dual-sided printing module; same-side input/output card hopper; smart card encoding modules (contact/contactless); magnetic stripe encoding module; printer cleaning kit; secure proprietary consumables system


Swift ID™ Embedded Badging Application, FARGO Workbench Diagnosis Utility


User friendly, SmartScreen™ graphical display

Printer Security

Printer access password protected


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