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Fargo DTC550 Duplex ID Printer

Key Features
  • High definition printing
  • Dual card hoppers for high-volume applications
  • Options for advanced encoding technologies
Buying Guide

How many cards will you likely print in the first year?

  • 100 or less
  • 101 to 500
  • 501 or more
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Fargo HDP600 Duplex ID Card Printer

The Fargo HDP600 meets the demand for secure and reliable ID card personalization with cutting-edge encoding technologies and high definition printing. Perfect for high-volume, high-security applications in environments such as schools, government agencies, and corporations, the HDP600 is an all-in-one ID card printer and encoder. This is an excellent solution for printing high-security cards with embedded electronics.

Because of its unique high definition printing process, the HDP600 achieves consistent results when printing on technology cards. This is because the print head never comes in direct contact with the card surface. Instead, it first prints on a high definition film which is then applied to the card. This method is ideal for proximity cards, smart cards, and RFID cards, because of their uneven surfaces. Add to that the fact that high definition printing produces incredibly sharp and vivid text and images for professional IDs of the highest quality.

For a printer that does so much at once, the Fargo HDP600 is extremely fast. It prints and encodes cards in a single pass, which not only saves time, but also ensures the right information is going on each card. The printer features dual card hoppers allowing you to load up to 200 cards, or print on separate types of cards at the same time.

The Fargo HDP600 also includes a number of convenient features for easy operation. A SmartScreen LCD panel guides the user through the printing process and provides alerts and messages along the way. When the time comes to change out supplies, the process is quick and easy thanks to the printer’s color-coded ribbon system.

If your ID card program requires advanced functionality, available options for the HDP600 include lamination, magnetic stripe encoding, smart card encoding, and proximity card technology.

Product Features

HDP600 Duplex Features

  • High definition printing
  • Dual card hoppers
  • LCD SmartScreen
  • Prints and encodes in one pass
  • Handles high-volume printing
  • Easy-to-install, color-coded ribbons
  • User-friendly operation
  • Options for lamination and a variety of encoding technologies

System Requirements

General Print & Card Specifications

  • Dye-Sublimation / Resin Thermal Transfer print method
  • 300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm) image resolution
  • Up to 16.7 million colors / 256 shades per pixel
  • Edge-to-edge printing
  • Input hopper card capacity: Dual hoppers, 100 cards each (.030" / .762mm)
  • Output hopper card capacity: 100 cards (.030" / .762mm)
  • Uses removable card cleaning cartridge with replaceable cleaning roller
  • Accepted standard card sizes CR-80 (3.370"L x 2.125"W / 85.6mmL x 54mmW) and CR-79 Adhesive Back (3.313"L x 2.063"W / 84.1mmL x 52.4mmW)

Print Ribbon Options

  • Full-color with resin black and overlay panel, YMCKO*, 500 prints
  • Full-color with two resin black panels and overlay panel, YMCKOK*, 400 prints
  • Full-color with two resin black panels, no overlay panel, YMCKK*, 500 prints
  • Full-color with fluorescing, resin black and overlay panel, YMCFKO*, 400 prints
  • Full-color with fluorescing, two resin black panels and overlay panel, YMCFKOK*, 350 prints
  • Resin black (3,000 prints); green, blue, red, white, silver and gold (1,000 prints)
  • Resin black and overlay panel, KO*, 1,500 prints

Overlaminate Options

  • All overlaminates available in clear, standard holographic design or custom high secure or secure holographic design
  • Thermal Transfer Overlaminate, .25 mil thick
  • PolyGuard Overlaminate, 1.0 mil and .6 mil thick
  • PolyGuard available in a CR-80 patch size

Print Speed** (in batch mode)

  • 7 seconds per card / 514 cards per hour (K)*
  • 12 seconds per card / 300 cards per hour (KO)*
  • 27 seconds per card / 144 cards per hour (YMCKO)*
  • 36 seconds per card / 109 cards per hour (YMCKOK)*
  • 34 seconds per card / 102 cards per hour (YMCKK/lamination)*

Accepted Card Thicknesses and Types

  • Print only: .020" (20 mil) to .050" (50 mil) / .508mm to 1.27mm (single-sided printing only for 50 mil cards)
  • Print/Lamination: .030" (30 mil) to .040" (40 mil) / .762mm to 1.02mm
  • PVC or polyester cards with polished PVC finish (monochrome resin required for 100% polyester cards)
  • Optical memory cards with PVC finish

Other Printer Specifications

  • 16 MB RAM memory
  • User-friendly, SmartScreen™ LCD Control Panel display
  • Additional LED display on optional lamination module
  • Windows® 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista software drivers
  • USB 1.1 (USB 2.0 compatible) interface


  • Dual-sided printing
  • ISO magnetic stripe encoding, triple coercivity, Lo-Co 300, Hi-Co 2750, Hi-Co 4000, on tracks 1, 2, and 3
  • Contact smart card docking station
  • Contactless smart card encoder (HID® iCLASS®, MIFARE® and MIFARE DESFire)
  • 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
  • Proximity card encoder (HID read-only)
  • Card lamination module
  • Card hopper lock
  • Printer cleaning kit
  • 10BASE-T Ethernet with internal print server

Warranty Information

  • Printer: Two years including one year of free printer loaner support (U.S. only); optional Extended Warranty Program (U.S. only)
  • Printhead: Two years, unlimited pass with UltraCard™ Cards

Fargo Secure Materials: Fargo Card Printer/Encoders require highly specialized media to function properly. To maximize printed card quality and durability, printhead life and printer/encoder reliability, use only Fargo Secure Materials. Fargo warranties are void, where not prohibited by law, when non-Fargo Secure Materials are used.


  • Operating Temperature: 65° to 80° F / 18° to 27° C
  • Humidity: 20-80% non-condensing


  • DTC550 10.75"H x 18.5"W x 11"D / 273mmH x 470mmW x 279mmD
  • DTC550 + Lam 10.75"H x 30.5"W x 11"D / 273mmH x 775mmW x 279mmD
  • Lam Module 10.25"H x 30"W x 11"D / 260mmH x 762mmW x 279mmD


  • DTC550 20 lbs. / 9.1 kg
  • DTC550 + Lam 39 lbs. / 17.7 kg
  • Lam Module 19 lbs. / 8.6 kg

Agency Listings

  • Safety: UL 60950-1, CSA C22.2 (60950-1) and CE
  • EMC: FCC Class A, CRC c1374, CE (EN 55022 Class A, EN 55024, ENG 1000-3-2, ENG 1000-3-3)
  • Supply Voltage: 100-240 VAC, 3.3A
  • Supply Frequency: 50 Hz / 60 Hz

*Indicates the ribbon type and the number of ribbon panels printed where Y=Yellow, M=Magenta, C=Cyan, K=Resin Black, O=Overlay, F=Fluorescing

**Print speed indicates an approximate print speed and is measured from the time a card drops into the output hopper to the time the next card drops into the output hopper. Print speeds do not include encoding time or the time needed for the PC to process the image. Process time is dependent on the size of the file, the CPU, amount of RAM and the amount of available resources at the time of the print.