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Duplicating my student ID card

Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by [email protected], Feb 25, 2005.

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  1. Guest

    Does anyone know of company that will make a generic ID card for me
    (magnetic stripe, high corsivity)? Here's the catch: I only want 5 to
    10 cards, not 500.

    Long story:

    I am trying to duplicate my student id card. I don't care about the
    picture on the front or the school logo, I just want an exact copy of
    what is encoded on my magnetic strip.

    The problem I am having is that I can't find a company that will do
    this for me. I find tons of companies that want to sell me the machine
    (for around $1000), and I found ONE company that makes ID cards, but
    the smallest order size is 500.

    I have access to a card reader that reads my card and puts my student
    ID into excel. I'm not sure what track the information is on but I am
    willing to find out... I'm just not sure how (I'm pretty new at all of

    Does anyone have any ideas? Does anyone own a magnetic card
    encoder/writer that would be willing to make me some cards? (Although
    I am a college student, I can pay some money for some cards...:)

  2. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    Magnetic card readers, all by themslves are rather cheap to buy.
    So, get one and use it as a writer; the heads might be able to do
    Add a motorized card mover, for uniform movement on both the reader
    and the "writer" and set them for the same speed; i am guessing one inch
    per second would be a good start.
    The signal(s) out of the reader head amplifier(s) then connected as
    drivers for the "writer".
    Use a discarded credit/debit card as the output media.
    Use the full reader for verification.
    This method should be rather inexpensive, and give you essentially
    what you said you wanted in this exercize.
  3. Dave

    Dave Guest

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