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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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Sihl Digital Imaging
Sihl’s line of DuraSol Rigid PVC are all designed for eco-solvent, solvent, and UV-curable inkjet inks: The company’s DuraSol Heavy 450 is an 18-mil satin coated, and tear-resistant rigid PVC film with a waterfast coating for solvent inks; it has a cardboard-like feel and is well-suited for pop-up displays and tradeshow graphics.

Produces a variety of inkjet-compatible products, including Rejuven8 Plus, a PLA plastic made from renewable sources such as corn. Also available is Valiant, a high-impact polystyrene sheet product specifically engineered for the graphic-arts market; Part of the company’s Green Initiative program, it boasts superior toughness, tear resistance, and is designed to meet the embossing, die cutting, lamination, and printing needs of the P-O-P market. Other media include: VPI 41- and 42-series polypropylene; VPI 55-Series APET; VPI 65-series and Spectar PETG; UltraTuf CXand VPI 10-, 12-, and 16-series HIPS.

Texture Plus
Available in more than 95 faux designs, Texture Plus is a molded, high-density polymer with a water-based acrylic finish compatible with either solvent or UV-curable inks. The 1/2-in. thick, 2 x 4-ft panels come in standard or interlocking styles.

3A Composites
Formerly Alcan, the manufacturer offers several rigid substrates for direct-print with large-format printers. Its newest addition, Omni-Flute, is a recyclable polypropylene sheet designed for short-term signage and P-O-P displays. It features a smooth, treated surface that accepts direct digital printing and repositionable vinyl, and can be die- or knife-cut. Available in bright white, black, and natural (clear) colors; various sizes.

e-panel, an aluminum composite material (ACM) made of two pre-painted sheets of 0.008-in. aluminum with a solid polyethylene core. Masked on both sides, it’s suitable for direct digital print, and can be saw cut, routed, or punched. In 2-mm white (4 x 8-ft sheets), 3-mm white (4 x 8-, 5 x 10-ft sheets), and 4-mm white (4 x 8-ft sheets).

Alucobond ACM consists of two smooth 0.020-in. aluminum facers thermobonded to various thicknesses of polyethylene forming a prefinished panel. In 3-, 4-, and 6-mm thick sheets up to 62 x 196 in., and in various colors and finishes.

Dibond consists of two sheets of 0.012-in. aluminum bonded to a polyethylene core. Pre-painted with a polyester finish, it’s available in 2-, 3-, and 4-mm thicknesses and in sizes up to 60 x 120 in. and is compatible with solvent and UV-curable printers.