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Rigid ROI

(August 2010) posted on Tue Jul 27, 2010

More than 45 sources of rigid print media.

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Sintra is a lightweight, rigid, expanded PVC board with a low-gloss, matte finish. It’s available in a wide range of thicknesses—from 1 to 13 mm—and in various colors and sheet sizes. For faster printing speeds, Sintra Print-Optimized versions are available in 3- and 6-mm thicknesses.

Gatorfoam, polystyrene foam between Luxcell wood-fiber veneer liners, is available for direct printing in sheets up to 60 x 120 in. and 3/16- to 2-in. thick. Also offered is Gatorplast, a 3/16- to 1/2-in. thick extruded polystyrene foam core laminated on both sides with high-impact polystyrene.

Fome-Cor, a foam-centered board with clay-coated paper liners, is available in stock sheets up to 60 x 96 and 48 x 120 in. It can be digitally printed directly using water-based, solvent, or UV-curable inks. Polystyrene-based Fome-Cor JetMount board has a higher density, is more rigid, and is specifically designed for direct printing and mounting of digital images.

Foam-X, a polystyrene foamboard with clay-coated paper liners, is a recovery board that retains its shape (producing an open edge) when die cut. Available in 3/16-in. thickness and up to 48 x 96-in sheets.

Structa-Board comprises an extruded polystyrene core that’s denser than Fome-Cor, and lightweight, man-made, wood-fiber veneer facers that offer the strength and rigidity of Gatorfoam. With a bright-white face and black polystyrene interior, it comes in 48 x 96-in. boards that are 3/16-in. thick.

Tricel Corp.
A lightweight structural panel featuring a kraft paper honeycomb core with a high strength-to-weight ratio, Tripanel is a recyclable alternative to foam boards for tradeshow and P-O-P displays, indoor signage, and more. Available in a choice of 50-pt. fiberboard skins—foil laminated or clay-coated white—and in ½-, ¾-, 1-, and 1 1/2-in. thicknesses in 49 x 97-in. sheets. For various formations, Tripanel is available in angles of 15, 30, and 180 degrees in 1/2- and ¾-in. thicknesses. Compatible with most inks, Tricel reports.