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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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UltraStyrene Translucent is available in a 14-pt. and 18-pt. thickness. It is a rigid, plastic material (polystyrene) best suited for back-lit signs.

United Industries
United Industries offers several rigid substrates with extruded foam cores that are compatible with UV-curable inks. Specifically for flatbed printers, Ultra White DP is a lightweight, heavy-duty, bright-white 18 pt. poly-coated kraft paper-lined foam board with a dense extruded polystyrene foam core. Standard sheet size is 48 x 96 in. (increasing soon to 60 x 120 in.) with a standard thickness of 3/16, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 in.

Ultra Board is a heavy-duty, all-plastic foamboard with a high-impact polystyrene surface. It ranges in thicknesses from 3/16 to 3 in., comes in several colors, and is available in sheets up to 48 x 120 in.

With a white core and white surfaces, Ultra Plus is an all-plastic polystyrene foamboard between two layers of expanded PVC liner. It ranges in thickness from 1/4 to 3 in. and is available in sheets up to 48 x 120 in.

Celtec is a foamed PVC sheet for high-strength, lightweight applications. The smooth, matte-finished sheets are available in a range of sizes (48 x 96 in. up to 60 x 120 in. in selected gauges), thicknesses (from 1 to 30 mm), and 11 colors. “Opaque in even the thinnest gauges, and best white for UV-cured digital printing,” the company reports.

Ultra White is a solid rigid PVC substrate designed for outdoor applications where resistance to UV is critical. It features a durable, high-gloss finish. Available in 2-, 3-, 4-, and 6-mm thicknesses and in 48 x 96-in. sheets.

Optimized for UV flatbed printers, X-Board Print is a versatile, lightweight board for short-term displays and structures. X-Board’s high-crush-strength paper core is manufactured from post-consumer recycled paper and sugar cane waste. Panels can be UV inkjet printed direct or decorative laminates can be applied over the board.
X-Board Kraft is a lightweight, eco-friendly composite board with a kraft surface. The board can be laminated with pre-printed or decorative laminates and it can be converted in the same ways as X-Board Print. Both are available in 10-, 12-, 16-, 20-, and 32-mm thick sheets and up to 48 x 120 in. in size.

Xcel Products
Xcel’s product roster comprises 50%-post industrial content polystyrene. Other rigid, printable substrates include styrene, a rigid PVC, polyester-PET, APET, and PETG.