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Rigid Media: A Survey of Suppliers

(August 2009) posted on Mon Aug 10, 2009

The growing role of wide-format flatbed and hybrid inkjet printers in graphics production is perhaps most evident in the increasing number of manufacturers that make rigid media for these devices. This source list will introduce you to several companies that offer print-ready rigid media at least 24 in. wide.

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401 Volvo Pkwy.
Chesapeake, VA 23320

AL-leader is a rigid-foamed polyethylene with an aluminum skin on both sides. The 3-mm-thick composite is available in several colors and lengths up to 122 in. and is compatible with UV inks. Alpolic FR LT is a 3-mm-thick polyester-coated, fire-resistant product composed of a mineral-filled core sandwiched between two skins of 0.3-mm-thick aluminum. Supplied in 122-in.-long x 50- or 62-in. wide boards. Custom sizes are available.

Altuglas Int’l
2000 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Plexiglas acrylic sheets and Tuffak polycarbonate sheets are available in a variety of thicknesses and sheet sizes and are compatible with wide-format inkjet printers.

American Fiber Technologies
500 Bostwick Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06605
Fax: 203-336-0322

FiberBrite is line of fiberglass-reinforced plastic panels. They’re compatible with solvent and UV inkjet printers. The panels, available in a variety of sizes, sheets, and thicknesses, include FiberBrite Original, ValuePlus, Survivor, and TuffStuff.

American Permalight
2531 W. 237th St. #113
Torrance, CA 90505
310-891-0924, 888-737-6254
Fax: 310-891-0996

The photoluminescent PermaLight (PVC or aluminum) can be used with solvent and UV inkjet printers. It’s available in thicknesses from 0.045-0.059 in. thicknesses and a glossy or matte surface.

Bienfang Framing Products
2020 West Front St.
Statesville, NC 28677
Fax: 704-871-8671

Bienfang MightyCore 0.25-in. foamboard is compatible with solvent and UV inkjet inks.

Booksmart Studio
250 N. Goodman St.
Rochester, NY 14607
585-598-9322, 800-761-6623
Fax: 585-267-7103

Fine Art Metals are aluminum and gold coated with an inkjet-receptive clear gloss. Available in a variety of finishes, the metals are produced in sizes from 8.5 x 11 in. to 20 x 60 in. and in thicknesses of 0.005, 0.012, and 0.016 in.

Catalina Graphics
27001 Agoura Rd.,
Calabasas Hills, CA 91301
Fax: 818-880-1144, 800-333-3136

Offers line of CV rigid vinyl (non-plasticized) media. Gloss and matte finishes available.

Coastal Enterprises
PO Box 4875
Orange, CA 92863
714-771-4969, 800-845-0745
Fax: 714-771-6422

Precision Board High Temperature and Low Temperature Urethane boards can be digitally printed and are available in thicknesses from 0.5-20 in. and in sheets up to 5 x 10 ft.

Cooley Group
50 Esten Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860

CoolFlex Rigid is solvent-ink-compatible, 15-mil PVC rigid sheet that’s engineered for use with multi-image billboard systems, such as Tri-Vision boards.


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