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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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Polyguard has a double-sided polyethylene coating designed for temporary outdoor applications. It is available in 0.024 and 0.05-in. thicknesses in various sheet sizes. Thru White has a smooth clay coating, is bright white on both sides, and 100% recyclable. Designed for indoor retail signage it is available in thicknesses up to 0.1-in. thicknesses in sheets up to 48 x 96-in. sheets. 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.

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.

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

UK-based Multiplanel offers Alupanel Digital, an aluminum composite specifically designed for digital printing with a specially developed coating on both sides for improved ink adhesion; available in 48 x 96-in. sheets (2- and 3mm thicknesses). 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 one 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.