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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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Graphic-al LT comprises two skins of 0.010-in.-thick aluminum and polyethylene core. Top and back surfaces are polyester coatings; both sides are covered with transparent protective film. The 48 x 96-in. sheets are available in colors and in brushed metallics; 2-, 3-, and 4-mm thicknesses. Note: The company suggests pre-testing the LT and OR products prior to printing.

Multipanel
www.multipaneluk.co.uk
Specifically developed for the print market, UK-based Multipanel’s Alupanel Ultrawhite Digital features an ultra-white finish, a new low-tack protective film, and high UV resistance. In 48 x 96- and 60 x 120-in. standard sheet sizes, 0.12-in. thick. Various US distributors.

Neschen Americas
www.neschenamericas.com
Its Converd by Neschen line includes Enviroboard MR (Moisture Resistant) rigid boards. Printable on both sides; available in 48 x 96-in. sheets for flatbed UV printing applications in
1/8-, 3/16-, and ¼-in. thicknesses.
Its SolvoPrint Easy Panel line of rigid PVC media is designed for use with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks (available in 8.7-, 12- and 17-mil versions).

Also available is Printlux Easy Panel for aqueous dye and pigmented inks (12- and 17-mil versions). All have high scratch and water-resistant properties. Available in widths from 30- to 54-in., depending on product.

Nudo Products
www.nudo.com
Its inkjet-printable products include: PolyMetal, a 3- or 6-mm-thick aluminum on a recycled polyethylene core comes in a variety of colors and metallic finishes in 4 x 8-, 4 x 10-, and 5 x 10-ft sheets; and PolyMetal Lite; a recycled composite core sandwiched between two sheets of aluminum, in white only, in 4 x 8-ft sheets and 3-mm thick. Both are mold- and mildew-resistant. Both are compatible with solvent and UV inks.

Palram
www.palramamericas.com
Palight Premium is a flat foamed PVC sheet specifically designed for digital printing (as well as screen printing), and is suitable for use with UV-cured, solvent-based, and aqueous inks. Features a bright-white, smooth, and uniform surface; available in matte or gloss finish. Available in sizes ranging from 4 x 8 ft to 80 x 120 in., and in two thicknesses (0.118- and 0.236-in.). Various stock/standard colors plus an array of Designer Colors. Available with or without protective poly film.


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