How to change the Datacard 534000-003 printer ribbon

The Datacard 534000-003 YMCKT colour ribbon is a popular choice for those looking to create high-quality and long-lasting ID cards.

It is compatible with the Datacard SD260, Datacard SD360 and Datacard SD460. Below you’ll find instructions on how to change it in those machines.

Step 1 - Open the top printer cover

Open the printer cover and remove the ribbon cartridge as shown in the picture below. 

Datacard SD360 removing the printer ribbon

Step 2 - Remove the spent ribbon from the cartridge

Remove the spent ribbon from the cartridge by pulling the rolls off the spools. 

Step 3 - Load the new ribbon into the cartridge

Load a full roll of print ribbon (the blue spool) onto the blue spindle closest to the cartridge handle until it clicks into place.

Place the silver take-up spool on the silver spindle with the black gear until it clicks into place. Now wind the take-up spool anti-clockwise one full
turn.

Step 4 - Load the new cleaning sleeve

Remove the cleaning roller spindle with the used cleaning sleeve from the ribbon cartridge as shown in the picture below. 

Remove the used cleaning sleeve from the spindle and replace it with a new cleaning sleeve. Place the spindle back into the cartridge, ensuring you remove the cleaning sleeve protector.

Changing the cleaning sleeve

Step 5 - Reinstall the ribbon cartridge

Now reinstall the ribbon cartridge into the printer by holding the handle and lowering it into the printer. The printer handle should be at the front end of the printer. 

Make sure it is correctly positioned in the guides, and then close the printer top cover. The ribbon change is now complete.

Need more help?

Still require assistance with your SD printer? If you encounter an issue while changing the ribbon or are experiencing other problems, our Datacard technical support section can help.

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