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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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DaVinci Technologies
One Corporate Rd.
Enfield, CT 06082
860-265-3388
Fax: 860-265-2774
www.davinci-technologies.com

Its 14-mil Rigid Vinyl is available in gloss white or translucent and is compatible with solvent and mild-solvent inks.

Decorative Panels Int’l
2900 Hill Ave.
Toledo, OH 43607
419-535-5921, 800-521-4301
www.decpanels.com

GreenCore Rigid Print Media is a two-sided board designed for UV and dye-sub printers. The biodegradable media is made from raw materials and is available in 0.125- and 0.25-in.-thick, 4 x 8-ft sheets.

Gilman Brothers
Gilman Road
PO Box 38
Gilman, CT 06336
860-889-8444, 800-852-4220
Fax: 860-889-5226
www.gilmanbrothers.com

Boards from Gilman Brothers are compatible with solvent and UV inkjet printers. They’re are available in a variety of thicknesses (0.06-3 in.), sizes (up to 48 x 192 in.), densities, and surfaces. All feature the Reveal extruded polystyrene foam center.
InSite Reveal features a bright-white paper exterior over a foam with memory (to retain its thickness during printing, mounting, laminating, and die cutting); also available with adhesive-coated or acid-free liners. InSite Polycoated offers a polyethylene-coated paper surface that creates a barrier to moisture and humidity. InSite Reveal Magnet-Receptive Foamboard features a printable paper surface with a ferrous film under it, allowing a magnetic sheet to stick to the front surface. InSite Flame Resistant features flame-resistant paper liners on both sides. Insite Biodegradable is a standard, paper-faced memory foamboard with Gilman’s biodegradable rigid foam center and SFI-certified paper liners.

Ryno Board has a paper exterior and Reveal polystyrene interior. It’s also available with heat-activated or pressure-sensitive adhesive on one side. Duraplast, a polystyrene-faced foamboard is engineered for warp resistance and a clean edge for cutting and finishing. Duraplast Biodegradable is a 100% recyclable, all-plastic foamboard consisting of a biodegradable polystyrene foam center, faced with water-proof, biodegradable polystyrene liners. Stylite is a polystyrene foam sheet with no facers used.


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