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.
Arcadia West Industrial Park
9735 Commerce Cir.
Kutztown, PA 19530
Palight is a foamed PVC sheet that is compatible with flatbed printers and features a surface designed for smoothness and uniformity. It’s available in matte or gloss finish, various colors (including 21 Pantone-matched), and in thicknesses from 1-25 mm (only white PVC available in sizes more than 6 mm thick). Sheet sizes range from 1220 x 2440 mm to 2030 x 3050 mm.
Panel Tech Int’l
2999 John Stevens Way
Hoquiam, WA 98550
Tough Shell UV sign-grade panel is compatible with UV inkjet printers. It’s designed to resist damage from graffiti and vandalism, as well as moisture and mold.
1770 Joyce Ave.
Columbus, OH 43219
Compatible with UV-curable inks, Optix 3015, 2447, and 7327 white acrylic offers thicknesses from 0.04-0.5 in. and widths up to 100 in.
PO Box 410592
Charlotte, NC 28241
Polypropylene Multi-Wall sheets are recyclable and designed for outdoor and indoor signage, displays, and packaging.
111 E.10th Ave.
North Kansas City, MO 64116
KromaPlex, a reverse-printable polycarbonate, is backed with a 10-mil white, opaque, rigid backer film. It’s compatible with solvent- and mild-solvent printers.
2500 Citywest Blvd., #650
Houston, TX 77042-3032
Product line includes Lexan and polyester films, as well as matte or gloss 10-mil semi-rigid vinyls with permanent adhesives. Compatible with solvent, UV, and aqueous inks. Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) acquired GE Plastics in 2007.
Sihl Digital Imaging
713 Fenway Ave., Ste. B
Chesapeake, VA 23323
Sihl’s 3533 TransSol Frontprint WF 220 satin is a 9-mil translucent, satin-coated PVC film designed to resist tearing and for compatibility with solvent and mild-solvent inkjet printers.
120 S. Central Ave., Ste. 1700
Clayton, MO 63105
Products include: Rejuven8j, a PLA plastic made from renewable sources such as corn; VPI 41- and 42-series polypropylene; VPI 55-Series APET; VPI 65-series PETG; and VPI 10-, 12-, and 16-series HIPS.
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