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The Hard Stuff

(August 2012) posted on Wed Aug 01, 2012

Nearly 50 sources of rigid media for direct printing.

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Bayer MaterialScience
Its Makrolon polycarbonate is resistant to impact and weathering, and can withstand high and low temperatures. SL Sign Grade Makrolon is available in clear and nine colors and in matte. It can be fabricated, thermoformed, and printed upon (although Bayer recommends shops talk to their printer’s OEM prior to print work). In sheets 52- and 75-in. wide.

Boise Inc.
Falconboard Print is a 100% paper-based, recyclable product made from renewable resources (up to 40% recycled fiber content minimum); it features an engineered paper core and water-based adhesives, coupled with a white printing surface. Produced chlorofluorocarbon-free, it emits zero VOCs during manufacturing, the company reports. Falconboard Print is UV- and inkjet-compatible. Available in standard thicknesses, from 3/16- to 4-in. and in standard sheet sizes from 48 x 96 to 60 x 120 in. (custom sizes available). (Note: Boise Inc. acquired Hexacomb and the Falconboard product in December 2011.)

Booksmart Studio
The company’s inkjet-printable Fine Art Metals, designed for fine-art applications, feature an inkjet-receptive coating. Available in a five finishes – Brushed Silver, Matte Silver, Satin Silver, Satin Gold, and Satin White – the metals are produced in sizes from 8.5 x 11 to 20 x 80 in., and in various thicknesses. An adhesive backing is optional for some finishes; an overcoat/laminate must be applied post-print.

Coastal Enterprises
Coastal Enterprise’s Precision Board High Temperature (PBHT) and Low Temperature (PBLT) urethane boards can be digitally printed using inkjet. In sheets from 20 x 60 in. to 5 x 10 ft, and in various thicknesses and densities.

Its Converd Board is a rigid board designed as a multi-ply alternative to traditional foamboard and corrugated plastic boards, for flatbed UV applications. Moisture-resistant and printable on both sides. Available in 48 x 96- and 60 x 120-in. sheets standard, and up to 96 x 144 in. maximum; in 3-, 4-, and 6-mm thicknesses.

Cooley Group
Compatible with most solvent-based printing systems, CoolFlex Rigid is a 15-mil (custom thicknesses available) rigid PVC sheet engineered for Tri-Vision boards, kiosks, transit shelters, and tradeshow displays. Available in 48-in. widths.