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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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Kömmerling USA
Kömatex is a lightweight, closed-cell, free-foam, rigid PVC sheet with a matte finish and is available in a range of thicknesses. Kömacel Plus is a PVC foam sheet with a semi-rough surface and gives the finished digital print an aged look. Also available in an embossed version, 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; 48 x 120 size sheets are available on request.

KömAlu is a 3-mm printable sheet designed for outdoor applications with a lifespan of five years; comprising two aluminum sheets sandwiching a polyethylene core, it features a durable surface for both interior and exterior uses. Sheets are available in 2 mm 48 x 96 white/white; 3 mm 60 x 12 gloss white/matte white; and 3 mm 48 x 96 white/black.

Laminators Incorporated
These products are compatible with solvent and UV-curable inks; most are available in several colors. Alumalite features a corrugated plastic core and double-sided aluminum for stability and strength. Rigid yet lightweight, Omega-Bond panels feature double-sided painted aluminum bonded to a solid polyethylene core, which prevents bowing, warping, swelling, and de-lamination.

Pro-Lite comprises painted aluminum faces bonded to a 10-mm corrugated plastic core that is resistant to water and exposure to UV light. Omega-EP is a durable, lightweight, economical expanded PVC graphic board with dent and scratch resistance. 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.

Compatible with wide-format solvent and UV-curable flatbeds, Polyguard and Thru White are available in 0.05- and 0.072-in. thicknesses and in sheets up to 48 x 72 in. Designed for indoor signage, Thru White is bright white with a smooth coating; Polyguard is for short-term, outdoor use and has a high-gloss, polyethylene coating on both sides.

Lamitech’s Earthboard is composed of 35% post-consumer waste and is 100% recyclable. The substrate is compatible with UV-curable printers, has a bright white smooth clay coating, and is available in 0.050-in. and 0.080-in. thicknesses.