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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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Features several acrylic media, including Optix DA, an acrylic sheet specifically designed for UV inks and digital flatbed printers. No adhesion promoters are needed prior to ink application. Available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses.

Polygal Plastics
Polyproplyene Multiwall sheets are designed for outdoor and indoor signage, displays, and packaging. The substrate is also recyclable.

Pregis Hexacomb
Earlier this year, Pregis introduced Falconboard SR, a slimmer version of the company’s Falconboard Print and Mount graphic display boards. The 3/16-in.-thick SR uses up to 25% less material than ½-in. boards and 10% less material than ¼-in. options, says Pregis, and is geared toward bracket-based aisle and shelf retail display signage.

Both the SR and Print versions of Falconboard are 100% paper-based, recyclable products made from renewable resources (up to 40% recycled fiber content minimum); they feature an engineered paper core and water-based adhesives, coupled with a white printing surface. Produced chlorofluorocarbon-free, they emit zero VOCs during manufacturing, the company reports. Both media are UV- and inkjet-compatible. Falconboard Print is available in eight standard thicknesses, from 1/4- to 4-in.; standard sheet sizes from 48 x 96 to 60 x 120 in. (custom sizes also available).

Regal Graphics
KromaPlex PC, a reverse-printable polycarbonate, is backed with 10-mil white, opaque, rigid backer film; it's compatible with solvent- and eco/mild-solvent printers.

Sabic Polymershapes
Its Lexan polycarbonate SG3080B/SGC440B sheet is printable and is designed to offer superior light transmission and diffusion for uniform illumination; in addition, it has added UV resistance. Available in various widths.

The company’s Medite is an industrial medium-density fiberboard (MDF) featuring pre-consumer recycled wood fiber, a smooth hard surface, and good machining. “Test it and make sure it will work in [your] operation,” advises SierraPine. Available in 4- and 5-ft widths and in lengths up to 18 ft. FSC-certified panels on request.

Sihl Digital Imaging
The company’s DuraSol Heavy is a 17-mil semi-rigid PVC display film with a low-glare satin finish and a scratch-resistant coating. Compatible with solvent and UV printers, the media is intended to be used unlaminated for pop-up displays and tradeshow graphics.