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Rigid ROI

(August 2010) posted on Tue Jul 27, 2010

More than 45 sources of rigid print media.

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Ultraflex Systems
Compatible with UV-curable and many solvent-based inks, UltraStyrene Opaque is a 20-pt rigid plastic (polystyrene) best suited for front-lit signs due to its structure and opacity. This product can be custom made up to 30 pt. and in widths up to 60 in. Accepts UV, solvent, eco-solvent, and screenprinting inks.

UltraStyrene Translucent
is available in a 14-pt. and 18-pt. thicknesses. It is a rigid, plastic material (polystyrene) best suited for back-lit signs. This product can also be custom made up to 30 pt. and in various widths up to 60 in. Accepts UV, solvent, eco-solvent, and screenprinting inks.

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. It can be cut by hand, saw, or with razor cutters. Standard sheet size is 48 x 96 in. (increasing soon to 60 x 120 in.) with a standard thickness of 3/16-, ½-, ¾-, and 1 in.

Ultra Board is a heavy-duty, all-plastic foamboard with a high-impact polystyrene surface. Thicknesses from 3/16- to 3 in., comes in white or black surface colors; 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. Thicknesses from ¼- to 3 in.; in sheets up to 48 x 120 in.

Ultra Mount is a foamboard with poly-coated, 18-pt., kraft paper liners. Available in white or black and in thicknesses from 3/16- to 1 in., in 48 x 96-in. sheets. Also available in Peel N Stick, which comes coated on one side with high-tack, pressure-sensitive adhesive.
Ultra Aluminum Face is foamboard with an anodized aluminum face. Available in brushed or polished gold and chrome, as well as acrylic baked white finishes; white and black foam cores. Thicknesses from 3/16- to 3 in., and sheet sizes up to 48 x 96 in.

Available in standard as well as ‘Peel N Stick’ versions, Ultra Core is a 3/16-in. foamboard with a 12-pt. clay-coated paper face in white or black colors in 48 x 96-in. sheets; ‘Peel N Stick’ available in 10 pre-cut sizes from 8 x 10-in. to 48 x 96-in.

Celtec is a foamed PVC sheet for high-strength, lightweight applications. The smooth, satin-finished sheets are available in a range of sizes (48 x 96 in. up to 72 x 120 in. in selected gauges), thicknesses (from 1 to 30 mm), and 10 colors (available thicknesses vary). Digital and screenprint receptive; die-cutable.

Celtec Ultra White is a solid rigid PVC substrate designed for outdoor applications where resistance to UV is critical. Printable (digital and screen), it features a durable, smooth, gloss finish. Thermoformable and die-cutable. Available in 2-, 3-, 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 sugarcane waste. Panels can be UV inkjet printed direct or decorative laminates can be applied over the board. Available in 10-, 12-, 16-, 20-, and 32-mm thick sheets and sizes up to 48 x 120 in.

Xcel Products
Offers rigid vinyls, polystyrene, and high impact polystyrene in various sizes, thicknesses, finishes, and colors. Xcel's product roster comprises 50% post-industrial content polystyrene. Other rigid, printable substrates include styrene, a rigid PVC, polyester-PET, APET, and PETG.