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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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Foamalite Ltd.
FoamaLite Digiwhite, a foamed PVC sheet designed for digital printing and sign applications (as well as screen), features low weight and superior mechanical properties, plus a white and uniform smooth surface. For indoor and outdoor use (UV-resistant), it’s fabrication-friendly – easy to bend, cut, drill, glue, the company reports. Other FoamaLite versions are also available. Gilman Brothers ( is the US distributor.

Gilman Brothers
Gilman Brothers offers many foam boards that can be directly printed using solvent and UV-curable inkjets. The boards are available in a variety of thicknesses, sizes, densities, and surfaces.
The company’s InSite series of media includes: InSite Reveal, a bright-white paper exterior over memory foam; also available with adhesive-coated or acid-free liners. Insite Biodegradable is a standard, paper-faced memory foamboard with a biodegradable rigid foam center and SFI-certified paper liners. InSite Polycoated offers a polyethylene-coated paper surface that creates a barrier to moisture and humidity. InSite Reveal Magnet-Receptive Foamboard features a printable paper surface with a ferrous film under it. And InSite Flame Resistant features flame-resistant paper liners on both sides of the extruded polystyrene foam, which can be utilized for tradeshow exhibits, retail signage, theaters, and other public places.

Ryno Board features an extra heavy-duty paper exterior and Reveal polystyrene interior; it offers good warp-resistance and dimensional stability for applications that require a stronger substrate. Also available with heat-activated or pressure-sensitive adhesive on one side.

A heavy-duty, polystyrene-faced foamboard, Duraplast offers good dimensional stability, is warp-resistant, and provides a clean, crisp edge for cutting and finishing. Duraplast Biodegradable is a 100% recyclable, all-plastic foamboard consisting of a biodegradable polystyrene foam center faced with waterproof, biodegradable polystyrene liners. Stylite is a polystyrene foam sheet with no facers used for applications where a dimensional look is required. FoamaLite is a PVC foam sheet featuring a smooth surface finish, sold standard with polyethylene masking on one side.

GPA’s InCycle Sheet Expanded PET is manufactured from recycled water bottles. Naturally bright white without the addition of pigments, InCycle Sheet is lightweight and offers superior thermal-insulating properties, GPA reports. It’s compatible with UV inkjet (and offset) printing, and is suitable for die cutting, folding, embossing/debossing, and more. Waterproof, grease-proof, and meets FDA requirements for direct food contact. In 30-mil thicknesses standard (up to 60-mil available); and in 28 x 40-in. sheets.