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Rigid Report

(July 2011) posted on Wed Jul 27, 2011

More than 40 sources of rigid media.

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Earthboard has a white, clay coating on both sides, can be UV printed, is composed of 35% post-consumer waste, and is 100% recyclable. Available in 0.050-in. and 0.080-in. thicknesses in 48 x 96-in. sheets (custom sizes available). Polyguard has a double-sided polyethylene coating designed for temporary outdoor applications. Available in 0.024 and 0.05-in. thicknesses in sheet sizes up to 28 x 44 in. Thru White has a smooth clay coating, is bright white on both sides, and 100% recyclable; designed for indoor retail signage it’s available in thicknesses up to 0.1-in., in sheets up to 48 x 96-in. Postertex is a solid-bending fiberboard with a smooth, double-clay-coated surface; 0.24-in. thick in sizes up to 40 x 60 in.

Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America
Its Graphic-al line of rigid media includes:
Graphic-al OR has the rigidity of an aluminum composite material with a thinner, 0.005-in. aluminum skin and a foamed plastic core. Available in 48 x 96-in. sheets in 3-mm thicknesses.

Graphic-al DP is similar to OR but is specifically engineered for flatbed printing and UV-curable inks. 48 x 96-in. sheets; 3mm thick; can be cut with a saw, substrate cutter/router. White only.

Graphic-al LT comprises two skins of 0.010-in.-thick aluminum and polyethylene core. Top and back surfaces are polyester coatings; both sides are covered with transparent protective film. The 48 x 96-in. sheets are available in five colors and in brushed metallics.

Note: The company suggests pre-testing the LT and OR products prior to printing.

UK-based Multipanel’s Alupanel Digital is an aluminum composite specifically designed for digital printing, featuring a specially developed coating on both sides for improved ink adhesion. Available in 48 x 96-in. sheets and in 2- and 3-mm thicknesses. Panels can be machined post-printing, reports the company. Also works for screenprinting.

Hollow Core features a polypropylene core sandwiched with 0.3-mm aluminum with various strength and bending stiffness; in 48 x 96-, 120-, and 160-in. sheets (various thicknesses). Featuring a removable masking to protect its smooth, printable side, Foam PVC is available in 1 to 6-, 8-, 10-, and 13-mm thicknesses and various sheet sizes and colors. MDF/Plywood features excellent strength combined with a flat surface, and is available in 1 to 30-mm thicknesses in 48 x 60- and 96 x 120-in. sheets. Various US distributors.