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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.


Pregis Corporation
falconboard.com
Falconboard is a 100% paper-based product made from renewable resources (20% recycled fiber content minimum) and is recyclable. 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, and has been designed to be a “green” alternative to foam boards made from polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS) or polyvinylchloride (PVC). The board accommodates most inks and adhesives and is offered in eight standard thicknesses, from 1/4- to 4 in.; standard sheet sizes are 48 x 96 up to 60 x 120 in. (custom sizes also available).

Regal Graphics
regalgraphics.com
KromaPlex, a reverse-printable polycarbonate, is backed with its 10-mil white, opaque, rigid backer film; it’s compatible with solvent- and mild-solvent printers.

SABIC Polymershapes
sabicpolymershapes.com
Offers a variety of rigid products compatible with solvent, UV-curable, and aqueous inks. Rigid products include Lexan and polyester films, as well as matte or gloss 10-mil, semi-rigid vinyls with permanent adhesives. Also offers various rigid media for non-illuminated signs and P-O-P displays.

Sihl Digital Imaging
sihlusa.com
Sihl’s line of DuraSol Rigid PVC are all designed for solvent and UV-curable inkjet inks. The company’s DuraSol Heavy 450 is an 18-mil, satin coated, and tear-resistant rigid PVC film with a waterfast coating for solvent inks; it has a cardboard-like feel and is well-suited for pop-up displays and tradeshow graphics.

Spartech
spartech.com
Produces a variety of inkjet-compatible products, including: 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 superior toughness, tear resistance, and is designed to meet the embossing, die cutting, lamination, and printing needs of the P-O-P market.

Texture Plus
textureplus.com
Available in more than 40 faux textures, Texture Plus is a molded, high-density polymer with a water-based acrylic finish compatible with either solvent or UV-curable inks. The 1/2-in. thick, 2 x 4-ft panels come in standard or interlocking styles.

Ultraflex Systems
ultraflexx.com
Compatible with UV-curable and many solvent-based inks, UltraStyrene Opaque is a 20-pt rigid, plastic material (polystyrene) best suited for front-lit signs due to its structure and opacity.


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