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Rigid Proliferation

(October 2009) posted on Thu Oct 29, 2009

Print providers have more options than ever when choosing a rigid media.

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Hartman offers a line of HartBoard substrates that can be used with pigment or dye-based aqueous, solvent, and UV-curable inks.
A printable foam-centered board, HartPrint can be used with aqueous (pigment or dye) and solvent inks, offers either a satin or matte surface, thickness of 3/16 or 1/4 in., and is available in sheets up to 48 x 96 in. Harty is a 1/4-in., ultra-rigid, clay-coated, foam-centered board available in sheets up to 48 x 96 in. and now in a brighter white.
Other printable 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).

AlumaJet is an inkjet-printable aluminum that can be used with water-based dye and pigment inks. Sheets range up to 20 x 24-in. and thicknesses from 0.005-in. to 0.016-in. AlumaJet comes in matte, satin, and brushed finishes.

Imaging Alternatives
Imaging Alternatives features SmartGrain inkjet-printable wood veneer. Compatible with most aqueous, solvent, or mild-solvent inks, the wood veneer is 0.018-in. thick and comes in sheets up to 24 x 30 in. Custom sized sheets up to 55-in. wide are available.

Inteplast Group
IntePro Graphic Arts Material sheets are either 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 pole signs, advertisements, signs, and P-O-P displays. Available with a conical flute or X-flute, which offers a smoother, more rigid printing surface.

Jain Americas
Jain features a range of PVC rigid media in various sizes and thicknesses, including Excel PVC Pro. Compatible with solvent ink sets, Excel PVC Pro—a PVC foam sheet—has a closed-cell structure, features a bright-white, smooth matte finish, and is available in thicknesses from 3-10 mm.

Kapco Graphic Products
Rigid substrates include 14-mil Gloss White Rigid Vinyl and 14-mil Translucent White Rigid Vinyl, which are compatible with solvent and mild-solvent inks.