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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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Inteplast Group
Its World-Pak IntePro sheets are available as extruded polypropylene or high-density polyethylene. Designed to be more durable than corrugated fiberboard and lighter than wood or solid plastic sheets, they can be used for indoor and outdoor graphic-art signage applications including signs and P-O-P displays. Available with a conical flute or X-flute; and in 48 x 96-in. sheets in various thicknesses and colors.
Its InteFoam expanded PVC foamboard for P-O-P displays and signage can be heat bent, routed, laminated, and pressure- or vacuum-formed into many shapes; available in 48 x 96-in. sheets in various thicknesses and colors.

Jain Americas
Features a range of PVC rigid media. Its Ex-cel line of PVC rigid media includes Ex-cel Pro, specifically designed for high-end digital print applications and featuring a bright-white, smooth finish; available in thicknesses from 3-10 mm in 48 x 96-in. sheets. Ex-cel PVC Rigid is extruded from environmentally friendly compounds and has a smooth, glossy finish; it’s available in gray or white in thicknesses from 2 to 12.7 mm in 39 x 79- (gray) or 48 x 96-in. (white) sheets.

Kommerling USA
Komatex is a lightweight, closed-cell, free-foam, rigid PVC sheet with a matte finish and is available in a range of thicknesses, sheet sizes, and colors.

Komacel Plus is a PVC foam sheet with a semi-rough surface that gives the finished digital print an aged look. The lightweight substrate can be used for indoor and outdoor applications and is available in 10-, 13-, 16-, and 19-mm thicknesses and a sheet size of 48 x 96 in.; 48 x 120-in. size sheets are available on request. Also available in an embossed version.

KomaAlu is a 3-mm printable sheet designed for outdoor applications; comprising two aluminum sheets sandwiching a polyethylene core, it features a durable surface for both interior and exterior uses. Sheets are available in 2- and 3-mm; and in 48 x 96, 48 x 120, and 60 x 120 in.

KomaFoam is a lightweight, polystyrene foam core rigid panel suitable for a variety of graphic and P-O-P display applications. It can be printed on a UV flatbed digital printer, screen printed, and die cut. In 1/8- and 3/16-in. widths, and in 40 x 60- and 48 x 96-in. sheets.