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(October 2013) posted on Mon Oct 07, 2013

More than 40 sources of rigid media for your wide-format needs.

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Want to be more flexible as a print provider? Get rigid. Rigid media allows a shop to expand its offerings and the types of jobs it acquires. Plus, more rigid products continue to become available – from eco-friendly to easy-cutting options, to those compatible with UV and solvent printing, and many in various sizes, thicknesses, and colors.

To help you choose the best rigid media for your shop and clients, we’ve assembled the following directory of manufacturers and exclusive distributors of rigid substrates designed for direct digital printing with wide-format technologies (at least 24-inches wide). More than 40 sources are listed, but keep in mind that we’ve only provided a sampling of each company’s rigid products – check their websites for all available media.

The Acriglas Fluorescent, Edge Color, and Lisa acrylic substrates are ideal for P-O-P displays, signs, store fixtures, and more. The smooth side is inkjet- and screen-printable. Available in 22 standard colors and in thicknesses ranging from 1⁄8- to 1 in. Sheet sizes are offered in 4-ft widths for matte, gloss, and textured finishes.

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 or 6 mm; Earthboard (100% recycled content, repulpable, biodegradable), available in 40 x 60-in. sheets in 0.80-in. thicknesses; Honeycomb Board (made from 100% recycled kraft paper), available in 48 x 96-in. sheets, ¼- or ½-in. thicknesses; and Enviroboard (moisture resistant), available in 48 x 96-in. sheets, 1/8-in thickness. All can be direct digital-printed.

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

American Fiber Technologies
FiberBrite is fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) panels compatible with solvent and UV-curable flatbed digital printing. The panels are available in 49.5 x 97.5 in. sheets and four thicknesses (.050, .090, .135, and .200 mm).

American Permalight
The photoluminescent PermaLight rigid media (PVC, aluminum, and new APTA-compliant High Performance Photo Luminescent) can be used with solvent inks; in various thicknesses and in glossy or matte finishes.