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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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Coroplast’s Coro-Paque Smooth is a polypropylene copolymer co-extruded twin-wall fluted sheet that is water- and stain-resistant and UV-stabilized and corona treated. Compatible with digital printing, Coro-Paque Smooth is available in 48 x 96-in. sheets (4-mm thick). Also available: CoroGreen, a 100%-recyclable corrugated plastic sheet made from post-consumer and post-industrial polypropylene (meets the requirements for US Building Council LEED credit). CoroGreen can endure high-moisture environments, the company reports, and features a printable white surface and black core. It’s available in 4-, 6-, 8-, and 10-mm thicknesses (custom surface colors and sheet sizes available).

DaVinci Technologies
Offers Double Opaque Polystyrene and Translucent Polystyrene, both for UV and solvent printing; 54-in. widths.

Decorative Panels International
GreenCore Rigid Print Media (RPM) is a two-sided, ultra-smooth board for most UV-curable as well as solvent-based printing. Made from raw materials, the media is biodegradable. Available in matte finish in 1/8- and 1/4-in. thicknesses in 4 x 8-ft sheets; can be coated one-side or two-side; can be laminated. Designed and tested for interior applications.

Its new MightyBull foam board combines a dense polystyrene core with bright-white polystyrene facers to create a durable board that is smooth, easy to cut, and offers chip-resistant edges. In 3/16- and ½-in. thicknesses and various sizes. White with white foam is standard; custom colors available. UV inks.
Its MightyCore is a solid-center foam board that features an extra-rigid core, ultra-smooth surface, easy cutting, and a chemical-free construction. Available in ¼- and ½-in. thicknesses and in various sizes, in white, black-on-black, white-on-black, and white-black-black. UV-curable and Cationic UV inks.

The MightyPrint Expressions line combines the MightyCore rigidity with various finishes, including glossy, canvas, and premier kraft; available in ¼-in. thickness and various sizes. Fabrication includes hand-cutting, machine-cutting, and scoring. UV-curable and Cationic UV inks, more.

EnCore Foam Board, available in white and black-on-black versions, features a polystyrene core and ultra-smooth surface; in thicknesses from 1/8- to ½-in. and various sizes. It recently added two new sizes to its ½-in. white Foam Board series: 60 x 96 and 60 x 120 in. Solvent pigment inks, UV and Cationic UV inks, more.

PilloCore is a crushable foam board for adding rigidity to P-O-P displays and standees, and is especially designed for die-cutting; 3/16-in. thickness in various sizes. Aqueous, solvent pigments, UV and Cationic UV inks, more.