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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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Spartech offers a variety of print-grade sheet and rollstock materials specifically formulated for use in graphic-arts applications, including: Graphic Arts Polystyrene Series; Graphic Arts Polypropylene Series (new are the VP-41 and VP-42 series, both for digital and screen printing); Graphic Arts Polyesters; APET and PETG Lenticular; and Rejuven8 Plus, a PLA plastic made from renewable sources such as corn. Also available is Valiant, a high-impact polystyrene sheet product specifically engineered for the graphic-arts market; it boasts tear resistance and is designed to meet the embossing, die cutting, lamination, and printing needs of the P-O-P market.

Stora Enso Re-board AB
Re-board sandwich board is a 100% recyclable indoor/outdoor board with craft liner. Water-resistant and flame-retardant (upon request), it’s available in various thicknesses and sizes (new is 5-mm Re-board).

Texture Plus
Available in more than 95 faux designs, Texture Plus is a molded, high-density polymer with a water-based acrylic finish compatible with either solvent or UV-curable inks. Panels are generally available in 1/2- or ¾-in. thick, and 2 x 4-ft. Panel collections include Faux Bamboo, Faux Stone, Faux Brick, Faux Wood, Faux Metal, and more.

3A Composites
FiberMate is the company’s new recyclable rigid print media. The wood-fiber panel, comprising 100% recycled fiber, is 3.2-mm thick and features a white, water-based UV print coating on both sides, to allow for double-sided printing. Available in 49 x 97-in. sheets, it’s designed for medium-term displays, interior signage, exhibits, and kiosks and for long-term framing applications. FiberMate can be recycled in either wood or paper waste streams, providing that the inks are also recyclable; the media is California Air Resource Board (CARB) compliant.

Omni-Flute is a recyclable polypropylene sheet designed for short-term signage and P-O-P displays. It features a smooth, treated surface that accepts direct digital printing and repositionable vinyl, and can be die- or knife-cut. Available in bright white and black, in sizes up to 5 x 10 ft. Trialing is recommended for UV.
Dibond consists of two sheets of 0.012-in. aluminum bonded to a polyethylene core. Pre-painted with a polyester finish, it’s available in 2-, 3-, and 4-mm thicknesses and in sizes up to 60 x 120 in. and is compatible with digital print.