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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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Ultraflex Systems
Compatible with UV-curable and many solvent-based inks, UltraStyrene Opaque is a 20-pt rigid plastic (polystyrene) best suited for frontlit signs. 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 thicknesses. It is a rigid, plastic material (polystyrene) best suited for backlit signs. This product can also be custom made up to 30 pt and in various 48- to 60-in. widths. 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 UV flatbed printers, Ultra White DP is a lightweight, heavy-duty, bright-white foam board with a dense extruded polystyrene foam core; 18-pt and poly-coated kraft paper-lined. It can be cut by hand, saw, or with razor cutters. Standard sheet size is 48 x 96 in. with standard thicknesses of 3/16 to 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 60 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. For UV inks that are compatible with expanded PVC.

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. Water-based, solvent, or UV inks.

A foamboard with poly-coated, 18-pt, kraft paper liners, Ultra Mount is 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 backed white finishes; white and black foam cores. Thicknesses from 3/16 to 3 in., and sheet sizes up to 48 x 96 in.

Celtec is a foamed PVC sheet for high-strength, lightweight applications. The smooth, satin-finished sheets are available in 10 colors, a range of sizes (4 x 8, 4 x 10, and 5 x 10 ft standard), and thicknesses from 3 to 30 mm (depending upon color). 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 kraft-based, reinforced and lightweight board for short-term displays and structures. Its 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. X-Board Print is available in sizes from 48 x 72 to 48 x 142 in., and in thicknesses from 0.2 to 0.7 in. New self-adhesive paper edging was made available on some sizes in 2011. Also available for print work is X-Board Lite, an open-cell honeycomb board; in the same sheet sizes as X-Board Print and in thicknesses from 0.2 to 0.7 in.

Xcel Products
Its Rigid Vinyl is a rigid plastic print stock available in various grades and in 25-in. sheet widths, 10 and 20 mil; compatible with digital UV inks.