The Evolis Tattoo RW does not use ribbon. The printer uses pretreated cards that react to heat to either show or hide ink. The Tattoo RW is a single side printer using rewritable cards. Ideal for temporary badges and ID cards that require regular updates.

ReWritable Card Printer.

The Tattoo Rewrite is designed to print on rewritable cards, allowing erasing and reprinting on the same card hundreds of times. Rewritable cards are very popular in Japan and other Asiatic countries where they are used in many Point of Sales applications. The Tattoo Rewrite is derived from the Evolis Tattoo and looks very similar, but the printing process is completely different. Its compact and sleek design makes it the ideal equipment to integrate and use in multiple environments: offices, reception desks, point of sale, etc..

Rewritable printing technology does not require a ribbon to personalize cards. The card itself holds a thermosensitive material that turns visible when heated to a temperature of 356° F (180° C) and then rapidly cooled.

The application of a lower temperature, generally in the 230-320° F (110-160° C) range, will erase any colour pattern. This process alters two chemicals that interact with each other according to selected temperature thresholds.
This heating/cooling process is handled thanks to a thermal head, similar to the one used in the Evolis printers. Note that this process can be rolled back, allowing the same card to be reused and reprinted many times.


Encoding options

  • HiCo/LoCo Magnetic stripe encoder ISO 7811 or JIS2
  • Contactless encoder ISO14443A & B, Mifare, DesFire (USB connection)

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Tattoo ReWrite printer.
The next-generation printer for rewritable cards Tattoo RW is the ultimate solution to print temporary or up-datable cards.

Re-writable plastic cards

Card type:
Rewritable thermochromic material

  • Mitsubishi Black & Blue
  • Ricoh upon request
  • Other material upon request and validation
  • Card thickness: from 0.5 mm to 0.76 mm (20 to 30 mil)


Print Mode

  • Direct thermal printing and erasing on rewritable material
  • Maximum print area: 48 mm x 76 mm (1.89" x 2.99")

Erasing & Printing speed

  • 8 seconds (manual)
  • 12 seconds (card feeder)
  • 3-Track ISO magnetic encoding: 4 seconds per card

Card feeding

  • Manual card insertion and delivery
  • Card-feeder insertion and delivery to removable hopper
  • Automated Mode: selects a card from the feeder if no card is inserted manually

Card format

  • CR-80 – ISO 7810 (53.98 mm x 85.60 mm – 2.125" x 3.37") 

Printer form factor

  • Without output hopper: 166 mm (6.54") (H) x 290 mm (11.42") (L) x 187 mm (7.36") (W)
  • With output hopper: 166 mm (6.54") (H) x 368 mm (14.49") (L) x 187 mm (7.36") (W)

Printer weight

  • 2.4 Kg (5.3 lbs)


  • 2 years (printer and print head), limited

How it works

How the Tattoo RW card printer produces membership cards.

Re-writeable ID Cards, start with a card with a rewritable area. As the card goes through the printer the monochrome information on the card is erased by a high temperature. Once erased the card then has new information printed in monochrome on the card.

Available to buy through
Flexirent payment options.

Student ID card.

Preprinted University card with re-writeable area.

Beauty club gym membership card.

Gym membership cards

Visitor access card.

Visitor access cards.