What Materials Can You Print On?
In materials, sign printing can offer a lot of options. Each material has special features and benefits that can make it suitable for a specific situation. Here are some commonly used materials we have tested and compared for your reference.
- Medium Density Overlay - Popularly referred to as ‘MDO’,
is madeof plywood panels with a resin fiber fused to the surface. Commonly used in sign designs, because of its tough quality.
- Glass–glass applications can
be foundalmost everywhere. This material is usedas a canvas to apply graphics for signage and marketing purposes.
- Aluminum–A perfect material for any permanent outdoor sign, this material will not rust with tough enamel that will not flake or peel like other painted materials.
- Fabric- Printed fabrics are relatively new to the sign industry but are making a huge name thanks to digital printing.
Fabrics can be printedfor banners, awnings, flags and fine art, including canvases.
- Acrylic This tough, transparent, versatile thermoplastic
is usedin many applications, especially in visual communications, design and architecture. This material is also very resistant to shock, flexing, scratching and weathering, which comes in a variety of colors and finishes and is recyclable.
- Gator board is a hard but lightweight display material that has a thick inner foam core and a wood-fiber veneer exterior. It is water, scratches, and
dentresistant. Thanks to its portability and toughness, gator board is ideal for signs that will need to be frequently movedaround.
- The foam core is a thick, inexpensive, and super lightweight display material. It has a dense foam core sandwiched between two layers of thick matte paper. Because it is so low cost, foam core signs are a great option for temporary displays and presentations.
- Ultra-board is a heavy-duty, all-plastic panel used for vivid prints and high use displays.
Vinyl and painted wall graphics –creative designs with bright and colorful details can be achievedusing this material. They are adherent and can be applieddirectly to walls.
- Wood–Wood can
be usedwhen it is important to match the surroundings. But not only just woods, good quality wood can have excellent durability and looks high end.
- Textured wall coverings–or without the technicality, the ‘wallpaper’. It adds intensity and interest with a huge range of visually pleasing looks and feels.
- Steel and stainless steel–Strong, durable and versatile, this long-established construction material
is madefrom mixing iron and carbon in the right proportions at high temperature, but other additives give it qualities.
- Stone–Whether a just a normal-looking stone or slate can
be cutit to size and shape. Great for traditional architectural signage with natural surroundings, this signage also gives the feeling of permanency and solidity to any environment. Coroplast is ridgedpolypropylene with a limited exterior life. These materials readily accept stress0-sensitive vinyl graphics, screen inks, and digital images.
- Polycarbonate- this material is clear, shatter-proof plastics that provide more durability and more flexibility than conventional acrylic plastics. They
are widely usedfor exterior sign facesin areas that aresubject to vandalism. Polycarbonates are also usedfor light box graphics.