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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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Laminators Incorporated
Omega TerraMax is an eco-friendly, lightweight composite board specifically designed for digital printing. FSC-certified, it features a honeycomb core, smooth, double-sided, white surface, and is available in 10-mm thicknesses in 4 x 8-ft sheets.

Omega-Bond panels are rigid, lightweight, and feature double-sided painted aluminum bonded to a solid polyethylene core, designed to prevent bowing, warping, swelling, and de-lamination; 12 color options; Light Ivory and Bronze Metallic were added in early 2012. In 4 x 8-, 4 x 10-, and 5 x 10-ft. sheets.

Alumalite features a corrugated plastic core, and double-sided aluminum for stability and strength; wind- and weather-resistant, it routs and cuts easily. In 12 colors.

LusterBoard is painted aluminum bonded to both sides of a furniture-grade plywood core; available in 12 colors. The lightweight 3-mm D-Lite panels comprise a high-gloss aluminum surface bonded to a corrugated plastic core and are available in 12 colors; no surface prep required.

Pro-Lite comprises painted aluminum faces bonded to a 10-mm corrugated plastic core that is resistant to water and UV light.

Also available: Omega Sign Board and Sign Ply.

InCycle Sheet features up to 50% recycled content, offers 80% less density than a solid plastic sheet, and is weatherproof. UV-ink receptive, it can be used for indoor or outdoor signage. Lamitech’s Foamboard is a resilient, polystyrene foamcore board sandwiched between paper liners. Its built-in memory allows it to return to its original thickness after cutting. Available in white and black, and in stock sizes from 24 x 36 to 48 x 120 in. (3/16- and ½-in. thick).

Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America
Graphic-al OR has the rigidity of an aluminum composite material with a thinner, 0.005-in. aluminum skin and a foamed plastic core. Available in 48 x 96-in. sheets in 3-mm thicknesses.

Graphic-al DP is similar to the company’s Graphic-al OR product but is specifically engineered for flatbed printing and UV-curable inks. 48 x 96-in. sheets; 3mm thick; can be cut with a saw, substrate cutter/router. White only.