The Hard Stuff

Nearly 50 sources of rigid media for direct printing.

Big Picture

With the continued growth of flatbed- and hybrid-printer usage, it’s no surprise that there’s an increase in the demand for rigid substrates. And media companies have been diligent in keeping up with that demand – providing print shops with an ever-expanding range of rigid options.
To help you track down and select the right rigid media for your clients, The Big Picture has compiled a list of manufacturers and exclusive distributors of print-ready rigid substrates that are at least 24-inches wide. Nearly 50 companies are listed here; keep in mind that, due to space, we typically only provide a sampling of a company’s rigid roster; check their websites for detailed product offerings. And, note that we’ll be covering standard roll media in our September issue as well as specialty media in our October issue.

The Acriglas Clear Impressions line, designed to reproduce the look of patterned glass, is crystal clear and carries textures on one or both sides of the sheet. Eighteen textures are available, including: Brushed, Woven Silk, Mesozoic, Precambrian, Box Mini-Flute, Waffle Iron, Techno, and Morning Dew. Offered in standard sizes of 4 x 6 ft (other sizes are available) and in thicknesses from 1/8- to ½-in. Also available: Acriglas Metallic, Fluorescent, Edge Color, and Lisa substrates. Smooth side is inkjet- and screen-printable.

Advantage Distribution
The company’s Eco Advantage rigid media line includes: EcoFoam PVC (70% recycled content) in white, black, and white/black DigiPrint, all 48 x 96 in. x 3 mm or 6 mm; Earthboard (100% recycled content, compostable, biodegradable), available in 40 x 60-in. sheets in 0.80-in. thicknesses; and Honeycomb Board (made from recycled kraft paper with white, clay-coated facers), available in 48 x 96-in. sheets, ¼- or ½-in. thicknesses. All can be direct digital-printed.

Altuglas International
Available in a wide variety of thicknesses and sheet sizes, its Plexiglas acrylic sheets can be wide-format inkjet printed.

American Fiber Technologies
FiberBrite comprises a line of fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) panels, all of which are compatible with solvent and UV-curable flatbed digital printing. The panels, available in a variety of sizes, sheets, and thicknesses, include: FiberBrite Original, ValuePlus, Survivor, and TuffStuff.

American Permalight
The photoluminescent PermaLight rigid media (PVC or aluminum) can be used with solvent inks. Available in various thicknesses and in glossy or matte finishes.

Bayer MaterialScience
Its Makrolon polycarbonate is resistant to impact and weathering, and can withstand high and low temperatures. SL Sign Grade Makrolon is available in clear and nine colors and in matte. It can be fabricated, thermoformed, and printed upon (although Bayer recommends shops talk to their printer’s OEM prior to print work). In sheets 52- and 75-in. wide.

Boise Inc.
Falconboard Print is a 100% paper-based, recyclable product made from renewable resources (up to 40% recycled fiber content minimum); it features an engineered paper core and water-based adhesives, coupled with a white printing surface. Produced chlorofluorocarbon-free, it emits zero VOCs during manufacturing, the company reports. Falconboard Print is UV- and inkjet-compatible. Available in standard thicknesses, from 3/16- to 4-in. and in standard sheet sizes from 48 x 96 to 60 x 120 in. (custom sizes available). (Note: Boise Inc. acquired Hexacomb and the Falconboard product in December 2011.)

Booksmart Studio
The company’s inkjet-printable Fine Art Metals, designed for fine-art applications, feature an inkjet-receptive coating. Available in a five finishes – Brushed Silver, Matte Silver, Satin Silver, Satin Gold, and Satin White – the metals are produced in sizes from 8.5 x 11 to 20 x 80 in., and in various thicknesses. An adhesive backing is optional for some finishes; an overcoat/laminate must be applied post-print.

Coastal Enterprises
Coastal Enterprise’s Precision Board High Temperature (PBHT) and Low Temperature (PBLT) urethane boards can be digitally printed using inkjet. In sheets from 20 x 60 in. to 5 x 10 ft, and in various thicknesses and densities.

Its Converd Board is a rigid board designed as a multi-ply alternative to traditional foamboard and corrugated plastic boards, for flatbed UV applications. Moisture-resistant and printable on both sides. Available in 48 x 96- and 60 x 120-in. sheets standard, and up to 96 x 144 in. maximum; in 3-, 4-, and 6-mm thicknesses.

Cooley Group
Compatible with most solvent-based printing systems, CoolFlex Rigid is a 15-mil (custom thicknesses available) rigid PVC sheet engineered for Tri-Vision boards, kiosks, transit shelters, and tradeshow displays. Available in 48-in. widths.

Coroplast’s Coro-Paque Smooth is a polypropylene copolymer co-extruded twin-wall fluted sheet that is water- and stain-resistant and UV-stabilized and corona treated. Compatible with digital printing, Coro-Paque Smooth is available in 48 x 96-in. sheets (4-mm thick). Also available: CoroGreen, a 100%-recyclable corrugated plastic sheet made from post-consumer and post-industrial polypropylene (meets the requirements for US Building Council LEED credit). CoroGreen can endure high-moisture environments, the company reports, and features a printable white surface and black core. It’s available in 4-, 6-, 8-, and 10-mm thicknesses (custom surface colors and sheet sizes available).

DaVinci Technologies
Offers Double Opaque Polystyrene and Translucent Polystyrene, both for UV and solvent printing; 54-in. widths.

Decorative Panels International
GreenCore Rigid Print Media (RPM) is a two-sided, ultra-smooth board for most UV-curable as well as solvent-based printing. Made from raw materials, the media is biodegradable. Available in matte finish in 1/8- and 1/4-in. thicknesses in 4 x 8-ft sheets; can be coated one-side or two-side; can be laminated. Designed and tested for interior applications.

Its new MightyBull foam board combines a dense polystyrene core with bright-white polystyrene facers to create a durable board that is smooth, easy to cut, and offers chip-resistant edges. In 3/16- and ½-in. thicknesses and various sizes. White with white foam is standard; custom colors available. UV inks.
Its MightyCore is a solid-center foam board that features an extra-rigid core, ultra-smooth surface, easy cutting, and a chemical-free construction. Available in ¼- and ½-in. thicknesses and in various sizes, in white, black-on-black, white-on-black, and white-black-black. UV-curable and Cationic UV inks.

The MightyPrint Expressions line combines the MightyCore rigidity with various finishes, including glossy, canvas, and premier kraft; available in ¼-in. thickness and various sizes. Fabrication includes hand-cutting, machine-cutting, and scoring. UV-curable and Cationic UV inks, more.

EnCore Foam Board, available in white and black-on-black versions, features a polystyrene core and ultra-smooth surface; in thicknesses from 1/8- to ½-in. and various sizes. It recently added two new sizes to its ½-in. white Foam Board series: 60 x 96 and 60 x 120 in. Solvent pigment inks, UV and Cationic UV inks, more.

PilloCore is a crushable foam board for adding rigidity to P-O-P displays and standees, and is especially designed for die-cutting; 3/16-in. thickness in various sizes. Aqueous, solvent pigments, UV and Cationic UV inks, more.

Foamalite Ltd.
FoamaLite Digiwhite, a foamed PVC sheet designed for digital printing and sign applications (as well as screen), features low weight and superior mechanical properties, plus a white and uniform smooth surface. For indoor and outdoor use (UV-resistant), it’s fabrication-friendly – easy to bend, cut, drill, glue, the company reports. Other FoamaLite versions are also available. Gilman Brothers (gilmanbrothers.com) is the US distributor.

Gilman Brothers
Gilman Brothers offers many foam boards that can be directly printed using solvent and UV-curable inkjets. The boards are available in a variety of thicknesses, sizes, densities, and surfaces.
The company’s InSite series of media includes: InSite Reveal, a bright-white paper exterior over memory foam; also available with adhesive-coated or acid-free liners. Insite Biodegradable is a standard, paper-faced memory foamboard with a biodegradable rigid foam center and SFI-certified paper liners. InSite Polycoated offers a polyethylene-coated paper surface that creates a barrier to moisture and humidity. InSite Reveal Magnet-Receptive Foamboard features a printable paper surface with a ferrous film under it. And InSite Flame Resistant features flame-resistant paper liners on both sides of the extruded polystyrene foam, which can be utilized for tradeshow exhibits, retail signage, theaters, and other public places.

Ryno Board features an extra heavy-duty paper exterior and Reveal polystyrene interior; it offers good warp-resistance and dimensional stability for applications that require a stronger substrate. Also available with heat-activated or pressure-sensitive adhesive on one side.

A heavy-duty, polystyrene-faced foamboard, Duraplast offers good dimensional stability, is warp-resistant, and provides a clean, crisp edge for cutting and finishing. Duraplast Biodegradable is a 100% recyclable, all-plastic foamboard consisting of a biodegradable polystyrene foam center faced with waterproof, biodegradable polystyrene liners. Stylite is a polystyrene foam sheet with no facers used for applications where a dimensional look is required. FoamaLite is a PVC foam sheet featuring a smooth surface finish, sold standard with polyethylene masking on one side.

GPA’s InCycle Sheet Expanded PET is manufactured from recycled water bottles. Naturally bright white without the addition of pigments, InCycle Sheet is lightweight and offers superior thermal-insulating properties, GPA reports. It’s compatible with UV inkjet (and offset) printing, and is suitable for die cutting, folding, embossing/debossing, and more. Waterproof, grease-proof, and meets FDA requirements for direct food contact. In 30-mil thicknesses standard (up to 60-mil available); and in 28 x 40-in. sheets.

Hartman offers a line of HartBoard substrates that can be used with pigment or dye-based aqueous, solvent, and UV-curable inks. A printable clay-coated, foam-centered board, HartBoard offers either a satin or matte surface, thickness of 1/8 and 3/16 in., and sheet sizes from 20 x 30 to 48 x 96 in. Harty is a 1/4-in., ultra-rigid, clay-coated, foam-centered board available in sheet sizes of 40 x 60 and 48 x 96 in. and now in a brighter white.

Other printable Hartman foamboards include color-coated HartCote (3/16-in.-thick and up to 40 x 60-in. sheets), and an all-plastic HartPlus with a smooth white surface (1/4-in. thick in 48 x 96-in. sheets).

Horizons Imaging Systems
AlumaJet is an inkjet-printable anodized aluminum that can be used with water-based dye and pigment inks. Standard sheets range from 8.5 x 11 to 20 x 24 in. (custom sizes up to 23 x 48 in.), and thicknesses of 0.005, 0.012, and 0.020 in. In matte, satin, and brushed finishes, in silver and gold.

The company’s BioMedia Rigid Display Board is a direct-to-print boards suitable for UV print platforms. Ilford’s BioMedia products are designed to completely break down under anaerobic (no-oxygen) landfill conditions due to an enzyme that accelerates the biodegradation process, the company reports, and meet ASTM D5511 standards; they can also be incinerated without the release of any harmful gases or chemicals. Offered in 750-microns and 1.5- and 3-mm thicknesses, and in 48 x 96 and 61.5 x 120-in. sizes; in matte and semi-matte finishes.

Image Micro Systems
MicroStrate is made from 100% post-consumer e-waste (plastic from ink cartridges and computers), and can be used for sign boards, sign systems, and more. Can be direct-printed with UV, solvent, and latex inks. Available in 4 x 4 and 4 x 8-ft sheets; custom runs also available. Color: black only.

Inteplast Group
Its World-Pak IntePro sheets are available as extruded polypropylene or high-density polyethylene. Designed to be more durable than corrugated fiberboard and lighter than wood or solid plastic sheets, they can be used for indoor and outdoor graphic-art signage applications including signs and P-O-P displays. Available with a conical flute or X-flute; and in 48 x 96-in. sheets in various thicknesses and colors.
Its InteFoam expanded PVC foamboard for P-O-P displays and signage can be heat bent, routed, laminated, and pressure- or vacuum-formed into many shapes; available in 48 x 96-in. sheets in various thicknesses and colors.

Jain Americas
Features a range of PVC rigid media. Its Ex-cel line of PVC rigid media includes Ex-cel Pro, specifically designed for high-end digital print applications and featuring a bright-white, smooth finish; available in thicknesses from 3-10 mm in 48 x 96-in. sheets. Ex-cel PVC Rigid is extruded from environmentally friendly compounds and has a smooth, glossy finish; it’s available in gray or white in thicknesses from 2 to 12.7 mm in 39 x 79- (gray) or 48 x 96-in. (white) sheets.

Kommerling USA
Komatex is a lightweight, closed-cell, free-foam, rigid PVC sheet with a matte finish and is available in a range of thicknesses, sheet sizes, and colors.

Komacel Plus is a PVC foam sheet with a semi-rough surface that gives the finished digital print an aged look. The lightweight substrate can be used for indoor and outdoor applications and is available in 10-, 13-, 16-, and 19-mm thicknesses and a sheet size of 48 x 96 in.; 48 x 120-in. size sheets are available on request. Also available in an embossed version.

KomaAlu is a 3-mm printable sheet designed for outdoor applications; comprising two aluminum sheets sandwiching a polyethylene core, it features a durable surface for both interior and exterior uses. Sheets are available in 2- and 3-mm; and in 48 x 96, 48 x 120, and 60 x 120 in.

KomaFoam is a lightweight, polystyrene foam core rigid panel suitable for a variety of graphic and P-O-P display applications. It can be printed on a UV flatbed digital printer, screen printed, and die cut. In 1/8- and 3/16-in. widths, and in 40 x 60- and 48 x 96-in. sheets.

Laminators Incorporated
Omega TerraMax is an eco-friendly, lightweight composite board specifically designed for digital printing. FSC-certified, it features a honeycomb core, smooth, double-sided, white surface, and is available in 10-mm thicknesses in 4 x 8-ft sheets.

Omega-Bond panels are rigid, lightweight, and feature double-sided painted aluminum bonded to a solid polyethylene core, designed to prevent bowing, warping, swelling, and de-lamination; 12 color options; Light Ivory and Bronze Metallic were added in early 2012. In 4 x 8-, 4 x 10-, and 5 x 10-ft. sheets.

Alumalite features a corrugated plastic core, and double-sided aluminum for stability and strength; wind- and weather-resistant, it routs and cuts easily. In 12 colors.

LusterBoard is painted aluminum bonded to both sides of a furniture-grade plywood core; available in 12 colors. The lightweight 3-mm D-Lite panels comprise a high-gloss aluminum surface bonded to a corrugated plastic core and are available in 12 colors; no surface prep required.

Pro-Lite comprises painted aluminum faces bonded to a 10-mm corrugated plastic core that is resistant to water and UV light.

Also available: Omega Sign Board and Sign Ply.

InCycle Sheet features up to 50% recycled content, offers 80% less density than a solid plastic sheet, and is weatherproof. UV-ink receptive, it can be used for indoor or outdoor signage. Lamitech’s Foamboard is a resilient, polystyrene foamcore board sandwiched between paper liners. Its built-in memory allows it to return to its original thickness after cutting. Available in white and black, and in stock sizes from 24 x 36 to 48 x 120 in. (3/16- and ½-in. thick).

Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America
Graphic-al OR has the rigidity of an aluminum composite material with a thinner, 0.005-in. aluminum skin and a foamed plastic core. Available in 48 x 96-in. sheets in 3-mm thicknesses.

Graphic-al DP is similar to the company’s Graphic-al OR product but is specifically engineered for flatbed printing and UV-curable inks. 48 x 96-in. sheets; 3mm thick; can be cut with a saw, substrate cutter/router. White only.

Graphic-al LT comprises two skins of 0.010-in.-thick aluminum and polyethylene core. Top and back surfaces are polyester coatings; both sides are covered with transparent protective film. The 48 x 96-in. sheets are available in colors and in brushed metallics; 2-, 3-, and 4-mm thicknesses. Note: The company suggests pre-testing the LT and OR products prior to printing.

Specifically developed for the print market, UK-based Multipanel’s Alupanel Ultrawhite Digital features an ultra-white finish, a new low-tack protective film, and high UV resistance. In 48 x 96- and 60 x 120-in. standard sheet sizes, 0.12-in. thick. Various US distributors.

Neschen Americas
Its Converd by Neschen line includes Enviroboard MR (Moisture Resistant) rigid boards. Printable on both sides; available in 48 x 96-in. sheets for flatbed UV printing applications in
1/8-, 3/16-, and ¼-in. thicknesses.
Its SolvoPrint Easy Panel line of rigid PVC media is designed for use with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks (available in 8.7-, 12- and 17-mil versions).

Also available is Printlux Easy Panel for aqueous dye and pigmented inks (12- and 17-mil versions). All have high scratch and water-resistant properties. Available in widths from 30- to 54-in., depending on product.

Nudo Products
Its inkjet-printable products include: PolyMetal, a 3- or 6-mm-thick aluminum on a recycled polyethylene core comes in a variety of colors and metallic finishes in 4 x 8-, 4 x 10-, and 5 x 10-ft sheets; and PolyMetal Lite; a recycled composite core sandwiched between two sheets of aluminum, in white only, in 4 x 8-ft sheets and 3-mm thick. Both are mold- and mildew-resistant. Both are compatible with solvent and UV inks.

Palight Premium is a flat foamed PVC sheet specifically designed for digital printing (as well as screen printing), and is suitable for use with UV-cured, solvent-based, and aqueous inks. Features a bright-white, smooth, and uniform surface; available in matte or gloss finish. Available in sizes ranging from 4 x 8 ft to 80 x 120 in., and in two thicknesses (0.118- and 0.236-in.). Various stock/standard colors plus an array of Designer Colors. Available with or without protective poly film.

Palight EPS (Economical Print Substrate) is a value-oriented foam PVC that is slightly lighter-weight than Palight Premium. In 4 x 8-ft sheets only and in 0.118- and 0.236-in. thicknesses. For digital and screenprint.
Palight Outdoor is a foamed PVC sheet for exterior signage and display; rot-resistant and resistant to splitting, it’s available in standard thicknesses from 0.5- to 1.25 in. and in 4 x 8-ft panels.

In addition, Palram also offers: Palsun Polycarbonate Sheet (UV protection available one or two sides); Palsun CS coil stock (typically used for sign-face and thermoforming applications due to flatness needs, but technically inkjet compatible, Palram reports); Palclear Clear PVC sheet (a transparent substrate with adhesion benefits); and Palglas Acrylic sheet.

Panel Processing
Its Eco-Finish Rigid Print Media is marketed by 3A Composites as FiberMate (see 3A’s listing). It’s a 100% recycled wood fiber panel with a specially formulated white UV print coating on both sides for digital print work.

Features several acrylic media, including Optix DA, an acrylic sheet specifically designed for UV inks and digital flatbed printers. No adhesion promoters are needed prior to ink application. Available in 48 x 96-in. sheets and in thicknesses from 0.118- to 0.220-in.


Regal Graphics
Offers Printable Polyethylene and Printable Polypropylene sheets. Polyethylene is stress-crack- and weather-resistant; Polypropylene is impact- and weather-resistant. Both can be printed with UV inks as well as screen printing; both are available in widths up to 48 in.

The company’s Medite is an industrial medium-density fiberboard (MDF) featuring pre-consumer recycled wood fiber, a smooth hard surface, and good machining. “Test it and make sure it will work in [your] operation,” advises SierraPine. Available in 4- and 5-ft widths and in lengths up to 18 ft. FSC-certified panels on request.

Sihl Digital Imaging
The company’s DuraSol Heavy is a 17-mil semi-rigid PVC display film with a low-glare satin finish and a scratch-resistant coating. Compatible with solvent and UV printers, the media is intended to be used unlaminated for pop-up displays and tradeshow graphics.

Spartech offers a variety of print-grade sheet and rollstock materials specifically formulated for use in graphic-arts applications, including: Graphic Arts Polystyrene Series; Graphic Arts Polypropylene Series (new are the VP-41 and VP-42 series, both for digital and screen printing); Graphic Arts Polyesters; APET and PETG Lenticular; and Rejuven8 Plus, a PLA plastic made from renewable sources such as corn. Also available is Valiant, a high-impact polystyrene sheet product specifically engineered for the graphic-arts market; it boasts tear resistance and is designed to meet the embossing, die cutting, lamination, and printing needs of the P-O-P market.

Stora Enso Re-board AB
Re-board sandwich board is a 100% recyclable indoor/outdoor board with craft liner. Water-resistant and flame-retardant (upon request), it’s available in various thicknesses and sizes (new is 5-mm Re-board).

Texture Plus
Available in more than 95 faux designs, Texture Plus is a molded, high-density polymer with a water-based acrylic finish compatible with either solvent or UV-curable inks. Panels are generally available in 1/2- or ¾-in. thick, and 2 x 4-ft. Panel collections include Faux Bamboo, Faux Stone, Faux Brick, Faux Wood, Faux Metal, and more.

3A Composites
FiberMate is the company’s new recyclable rigid print media. The wood-fiber panel, comprising 100% recycled fiber, is 3.2-mm thick and features a white, water-based UV print coating on both sides, to allow for double-sided printing. Available in 49 x 97-in. sheets, it’s designed for medium-term displays, interior signage, exhibits, and kiosks and for long-term framing applications. FiberMate can be recycled in either wood or paper waste streams, providing that the inks are also recyclable; the media is California Air Resource Board (CARB) compliant.

Omni-Flute is a recyclable polypropylene sheet designed for short-term signage and P-O-P displays. It features a smooth, treated surface that accepts direct digital printing and repositionable vinyl, and can be die- or knife-cut. Available in bright white and black, in sizes up to 5 x 10 ft. Trialing is recommended for UV.
Dibond consists of two sheets of 0.012-in. aluminum bonded to a polyethylene core. Pre-painted with a polyester finish, it’s available in 2-, 3-, and 4-mm thicknesses and in sizes up to 60 x 120 in. and is compatible with digital print.

Its e-panel is an aluminum composite material (ACM) made of two pre-painted sheets of 0.008-in. aluminum with a solid polyethylene core. Masked on both sides, it’s suitable for direct digital print, and can be saw cut, routed, or punched. In 2-, 3-, and 4-mm and in sheets up to 5 x 10 ft.

Sintra is a lightweight, rigid, expanded PVC board with a low-gloss, matte finish. It’s available in a thicknesses from 1 to 6 mm and in various colors and sheet sizes. Also available is e-pvc, a low-density, lighter, less-rigid PVC board.

Gatorfoam, polystyrene foam between Luxcell wood-fiber veneer liners, is available for direct printing in sheets up to 60 x 120 in. and 3/16- to 2-in. thick. Also offered is Gatorplast, a 3/16- to 1/2-in. thick extruded polystyrene foam core laminated on both sides with high-impact polystyrene. Gatorfoam Exterior is specifically engineered to address the extreme conditions found outdoors: heat, cold, and humidity; it’s now available in Bright White in 48 x 96-in. sheets in 1-, 1.5-, and 2-in. thicknesses.

Fome-Cor, a foam-centered board with clay-coated paper liners, is available in stock sheets up to 60 x 96 and 48 x 120 in. It can be digitally printed directly using water-based, solvent, or UV-curable inks. Polystyrene-based JetMount board has a higher density, is more rigid, and is specifically designed for direct printing and mounting of digital images. Foam-X Recovery, a polystyrene foamboard with clay-coated paper liners, is a recovery board that retains its shape (producing an open edge) when die cut. Available in 3/16-in. thickness and up to 48 x 96-in sheets.

Tricel Corp.
Tricel Honeycomb’s Tripanel Display and Graphics Board is a kraft paper product fabricated to form a continuous series of triangular cells, similar in appearance to the cross section view of corrugated board. It uses up to 85% recycled paper content and is 100% recyclable. Compatible with most inks, Tricel reports, the substrate can be cut with a knife, band saw, or power saw. Available in four standard thicknesses (0.5-, 0.75-, 1, and 1.5 in.) and in custom thicknesses up to 4 in. Standard sheet size is 4 x 8 ft (custom sizes available).

Ultraflex Systems
Compatible with UV-curable and many solvent-based inks, UltraStyrene Opaque is a 20-pt rigid plastic (polystyrene) best suited for frontlit signs. This product can be custom made up to 30 pt and in widths up to 60 in. Accepts UV, solvent, eco-solvent, and screenprinting inks. UltraStyrene Translucent is available in a 14-pt thicknesses. It is a rigid, plastic material (polystyrene) best suited for backlit signs. This product can also be custom made up to 30 pt and in various 48- to 60-in. widths. Accepts UV, solvent, eco-solvent, and screenprinting inks.

United Industries
United Industries offers several rigid substrates with extruded foam cores that are compatible with UV-curable inks.

Specifically for UV flatbed printers, Ultra White DP is a lightweight, heavy-duty, bright-white foam board with a dense extruded polystyrene foam core; 18-pt and poly-coated kraft paper-lined. It can be cut by hand, saw, or with razor cutters. Standard sheet size is 48 x 96 in. with standard thicknesses of 3/16 to 1 in.
Ultra Board is a heavy-duty, all-plastic foamboard with a high-impact polystyrene surface. Thicknesses from 3/16- to 3 in., comes in white or black surface colors; available in sheets up to 60 x 120 in.
With a white core and white surfaces, Ultra Plus is an all-plastic polystyrene foamboard between two layers of expanded PVC liner. Thicknesses from ¼ to 3 in.; in sheets up to 48 x 120 in. For UV inks that are compatible with expanded PVC.

Available in standard as well as ‘Peel N Stick’ versions, Ultra Core is a 3/16-in. foamboard with a 12-pt clay-coated paper face in white or black colors in 48 x 96-in. sheets; ‘Peel N Stick’ available in 10 pre-cut sizes from 8 x 10 in. to 48 x 96 in. Water-based, solvent, or UV inks.

A foamboard with poly-coated, 18-pt, kraft paper liners, Ultra Mount is available in white or black and in thicknesses from 3/16 to 1 in., in 48 x 96-in. sheets. Also available in ‘Peel N Stick,’ which comes coated on one side with high-tack, pressure-sensitive adhesive.

Ultra Aluminum Face is foamboard with an anodized aluminum face. Available in brushed or polished gold and chrome, as well as acrylic backed white finishes; white and black foam cores. Thicknesses from 3/16 to 3 in., and sheet sizes up to 48 x 96 in.

Celtec is a foamed PVC sheet for high-strength, lightweight applications. The smooth, satin-finished sheets are available in 10 colors, a range of sizes (4 x 8, 4 x 10, and 5 x 10 ft standard), and thicknesses from 3 to 30 mm (depending upon color). Digital and screenprint receptive; die-cutable. Celtec Ultra White is a solid rigid PVC substrate designed for outdoor applications where resistance to UV is critical. Printable (digital and screen), it features a durable, smooth, gloss finish. Thermoformable and die-cutable. Available in 2-, 3-, and 6-mm thicknesses and in 48 x 96-in. sheets.

Optimized for UV flatbed printers, X-Board Print is a kraft-based, reinforced and lightweight board for short-term displays and structures. Its high crush-strength paper core is manufactured from post-consumer recycled paper and sugarcane waste. Panels can be UV-inkjet printed direct or decorative laminates can be applied over the board. X-Board Print is available in sizes from 48 x 72 to 48 x 142 in., and in thicknesses from 0.2 to 0.7 in. New self-adhesive paper edging was made available on some sizes in 2011. Also available for print work is X-Board Lite, an open-cell honeycomb board; in the same sheet sizes as X-Board Print and in thicknesses from 0.2 to 0.7 in.

Xcel Products
Its Rigid Vinyl is a rigid plastic print stock available in various grades and in 25-in. sheet widths, 10 and 20 mil; compatible with digital UV inks.

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