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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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A printable clay-coated, foam-centered board, HartBoard offers either a satin or matte surface, thickness of 1/8 or 3/16 in., and is available in sheets up to 48 x 96 in. Harty is a 1/4-in., ultra-rigid, clay-coated, foam-centered board available in sheets up to 48 x 96 in. and now in a brighter white. HartLite, Hartman’s acid-free, environmentally friendly foamboard, is available in 1/8- or 3/16-in. thicknesses in sheets up to 48 x 96 in. Other printable foamboards include color-coated HartCote (3/16-in.-thick and up to 40 x 60-in. sheets), and an all-plastic HartPlus with a smooth white surface (1/4-in. thick in 48 x 96-in. sheets).

AlumaJet is an inkjet-printable aluminum that can be used with water-based dye and pigment inks. Sheets range up to 20 x 24-in. and thicknesses of 0.005, 0.012, and 0.020 in. In matte, satin, and brushed finishes.

Imaging Alternatives
Imaging Alternatives features SmartGrain inkjet-printable wood veneer. Compatible with most aqueous, solvent, or mild-solvent inks, the wood veneer is 0.018-in. thick and comes in sheets up to 24 x 30 in. Custom-sized sheets up to 55-in. wide are available.

Inteplast Group
Its IntePro sheets are either extruded polypropylene or high-density polyethylene. Designed to be more durable than corrugated fiberboard and lighter than wood or solid plastic sheets, they can be used for indoor and outdoor graphic-art signage applications including signs and P-O-P displays. Available with a conical flute or X-flute, which offers a smoother, more rigid printing surface, in 48 x 96-in. sheets in various thicknesses and colors. Its InteFoam expanded PVC foamboard for P-O-P displays and signage can be heat bent, routed, laminated, and pressure- or vacuum-formed into many shapes; available in 48 x 96-in. sheets in various thicknesses and colors.

Jain Americas
Features a range of PVC rigid media. Its Ex-cel line of PVC rigid media includes Ex-cel Pro, specifically designed for digital printing with a closed-cell structure and featuring a bright-white, smooth, matte finish; available in thicknesses from 3-10 mm in 48 x 96-in. sheets. Ex-cel Rigid is extruded from environmentally friendly compounds and has a smooth, glossy finish. It is available in gray or white in thicknesses from 2 to 12.7 mm in 39 x 79 (gray) or 48 x 96-in. (white) sheets.