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Hardcore Print

(October 2013) posted on Mon Oct 07, 2013

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

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Spartech offers a variety of print-grade sheet and rollstock materials specifically formulated for use in graphic-arts applications, including: Rejuven8 Plus which is biodegradable and has enhanced performance over PLA. Designed for P-O-P displays.

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) and it can be digitally printed or finished with laminates. Re-board Premium and Basic are available in various thicknesses and sizes (new is 5-mm Re-board).

Texture Plus
Available in nearly 200 faux designs, Texture Plus is a high-density, molded polymer with a water-based acrylic finish compatible with either solvent or UV-curable inks. Will not absorb moisture, warp, rot, or crack, according to Texture Plus. Panels are generally available in 1/2- or ¾-in. thick, and 2 x 4-ft. Panel collections include Faux Bamboo, Faux Stone, Faux Slate and Tile, Faux Brick, Faux Wood, Faux Metal, and more.

3A Composites
3A offers various rigid media options. FiberMate is a wood-fiber panel with an eco-finish, comprising 100% recycled fiber, is 3.2- and 5.5-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 P-O-P displays, interior signage, exhibits, and kiosks, and for long-term framing applications.

Dibond consists of two sheets of 0.012-in. aluminum bonded to a solid polyethylene core. In 2-, 3-, and 4-mm thicknesses, in sizes up to 60 x 120 in., and 12 colors; 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. 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 60 x 120 in.

Sintra is a lightweight, rigid, expanded PVC board with a low-gloss, matte finish. In 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.