Rigid Substrate Showcase

Look beyond acrylic sheets and foamboard.

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Flatbed wide-format printers and rigid substrates go together like white bread and peanut butter and jelly. But just like there’s a plethora of unique fixings to sit between your sandwich, there’s an entire world of rigid substrates available to you beyond our industry staples like acrylic sheets and foamboard. From general signage to P-O-P displays and exhibits, hard substrate printing is a surefire way to expand your shop’s market share. Don’t let your flatbed machine sit idle on the shop floor; read on and consider expanding your rigid media offerings with new and different materials. Take a bite.

3A Composites

Wood Board
: The Banova line of lightweight balsa wood board media is designed for long-term P-O-P displays, exhibits, kiosks, and interior signage.
Varieties: Banova Print, a laminated white-finish board featuring the company’s new Pro surface treatment for enhanced direct printing; Banova Plus, a versatile plywood substrate; Banova Superflex, featuring a textile core layer and lightweight wood veneer for a bendable, flexible media option with finishing on both sides
Media Size: 48 x 96-in. sheets

Acrylite Digital Print

: The optically clear acrylic sheet is compatible with UV-curable inks, features clear edge color for exposed edges when polished, and is designed for color accuracy and durability in handling, shipping, and installation.
Cap Layer: A cap layer is engineered for ink adhesion and reportedly eliminates the need for primers and adhesion promoters.
Media Size: Available in 48-in. sheets in 3-, 4.5-, and 5.6-mm thicknesses.

Metalized Styrene

: Sheets are engineered with a thin metalized polyester layer that is heat welded to a styrene base, providing a lightweight, durable, and rollable (without separation) metallic sheet.
Applications: Designed for use in high-end applications such as signage, P-O-P and retail displays, tradeshow graphics, storefront window displays, and more.
Media Size: 48.25-in. widths

Envi Wall Art
Monadnock Paper Mills

: The 100% wood fiber media is Forest Stewardship Council-certified and manufactured carbon neutral using 100% renewable Green-e-certified wind-powered electricity under a third-party certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, the company reports.
Applications: The matte canvas-embossed substrate is engineered for on-demand printing of fine art and photography, interior décor, and P-O-P displays.
Media Size: Available in 48 x 96-in. sheets.

Xanita Board

Stability: Features a closed-cell design and dense core for added stability
Sustainability: Manufactured using fibers from recycled paper products and is said to be VOC-free and 100% repulpable
Media Size: Available in 48-in. boards.

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