The Big Picture - August 2012 - (Page 32)

THE HARD STUFF Nearly 50 sources of rigid media for direct printing. With the continued growth of flatbedand hybrid-printer usage (see “Flatbeds Forever,” pg. 15), it’s no surprise that there’s an increase in the demand for rigid substrates. And media companies have been diligent in keeping up with that demand – providing print shops with an ever-expanding range of rigid options. To help you track down and select the right rigid media for your clients, The Big Picture has compiled a list of manufacturers and exclusive distributors of print-ready rigid substrates that are at least 24-inches wide. Nearly 50 companies are listed here; keep in mind that, due to space, we typically only provide a sampling of a company’s rigid roster; check their websites for detailed product o erings. And, note that we’ll be covering standard roll media in our September issue and specialty media in our October issue. 32 THE BIG PICTURE AUGUST 2012 Acrilex The Acriglas Clear Impressions line, designed to reproduce the look of patterned glass, is crystal clear and carries textures on one or both sides of the sheet. Eighteen textures are available, including: Brushed, Woven Silk, Mesozoic, Precambrian, Box Mini-Flute, Wa e Iron, Techno, and Morning Dew. In standard sizes of 4 x 6 ft and in thicknesses from ¹⁄ - to ½-in. Also available: Acriglas Metallic, Fluorescent, Edge Color, and Lisa substrates. Smooth side is inkjet- and screen-printable. Advantage Distribution The company’s Eco Advantage rigid media line includes: EcoFoam PVC (70% recycled content) in white, black, and white/black DigiPrint, all 48 x 96 in. x 3 mm or 6 mm; Earthboard (100% recycled content, compostable, biodegradable), available in 40 x 60in. sheets in 0.80-in. thicknesses; and Honeycomb Board (made from recycled kraft paper with white, claycoated facers), available in 48 x 96-in. sheets, ¼- or ½-in. thicknesses. All can be direct digital-printed. Altuglas International Available in a wide variety of thicknesses and sheet sizes, its Plexiglas acrylic sheets can be wide-format inkjet printed. American Fiber Technologies FiberBrite comprises a line of fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) panels, all of which are compatible with solvent and UV-curable flatbed XANITA X-BOARD PRINT

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Big Picture - August 2012

The Big Picture - August 2012
Graphics on the Go
Flatbeds Forever
Color Jammed
The Hard Stuff: Rigid Media
Job Log

The Big Picture - August 2012