Choosing the right material for your project can make the
difference between a successful or problem project. Here are some
of the materials we commonly print on the Inca and their characteristics.
Foam Boards, commonly known as Foam-Core, comprise a family
of materials that have an extruded polystyrene foam center with
various liners. These are generally light weight materials that
print and die cut well. Because of their soft core, they are subject
to damage if not packed well and will not hold up to heavy usage.
They are generally suitable for signs and headers, but will not
hold up for outdoor usage. Some of the different foam boards are:
Foam-Core: A white foam board with a white paper liner, the
edges remain closed with die cut. Foam-Core is also available with
a black core and black back liner. Foam-Core comes in thickness
of 1/8 and 3/16 thickness.
Foam-X: The same as Foam-Core, except the edges remain open
when die cut.
Gatorfoam: The construction of Gatorfoam is similar to Foam-X,
except Gatorfoam uses a heavier, more dense foam center with a wood-fiber
veneer finish and is generally a heavy duty version of Foam-Core
This material is too dense for die cutting and comes in 3/16
up to 2 thickness.
Gatorplast: Similar to Gatorfoam, except Gatorplast has a
polystyrene plastic sheet mounted to each side instead of the fiber
veneer and comes in 3/16 and 1/2 thickness.
PVC Foam Sheets are commonly known as Sintra, Komatex or
Celltex and are moderately priced homogeneous expanded rigid PVC
sheets. Sintra type sheets are suitable for indoor and exterior
POP displays, signage and exhibits, although they become brittle
in cold weather. They are more expensive than Foam-Core, but less
expensive than Gatorfoam. Sintra can be die cut, saw cut, routed,
cut and heat bent (keep in mind that we cant heat bend Inca
inks). Sintra is available in a wide range of colors and a wide
range of thickness from 1MM to 19MM. The most common thickness
is 3MM (approximately 1/8).
Polystyrene is an economical plastic that can be printed
on the Inca and comes in many sizes and thicknesses from .010"
to .125". Styrene can be die cut and trimmed easily in thinner
gauges. Generally available only in white. Styrene is a good short-medium
term outdoor material, but will yellow and become brittle with extended
exposure to the sun. Styrene comes in various degrees of opacity,
with translucent styrene being suitable for back lighted signs.
Vinyl (PVC): Both rigid and flexible vinyl are easily printable
with the Inca. Vinyl is a good outdoor material, doesnt become
as brittle as styrene in cold weather and can be cold scored and
bent. Vinyl comes in white and clear with gloss or matte finishes.
Vinyl is available in .010-.020 thickness.
Static Cling, .008, both white and clear comes with a
paper backer. Clear static cling usually has a screen white either
before or after printing with the Inca.
Corrugated Board, 200 lb., bleach white "B" flute
corrugated. This is regular carton board, except with a white finish.
Coroplast, is a corrugated like plastic product, suitable for
indoor and outdoor signs and panels. It is light weight, but still
fairly rigid due to its corrugated structure. It is economically
priced and can be scored, die cut and trimmed easily.
C1S and C2S paper board: Classic display board used in all
printing processes. It is easily trimmed, scored and die cut and
is available in many sizes in gauges from .008 to .100.
Banner Material: Stoplight paper, is a totally opaque paper
material for 2 sided banner printing. It can be trimmed and folded
just like any paper material.
Vinyl banner stock: Both single and double sided vinyl banner
materials are available. Most are sewn and have grommets or ropes.
Pressure sensitive material: We normally use .0035
pressure sensitive white vinyl, but can also print other top coated
pressure sensitive materials.
PETG: Petg is a clear thicker plastic used in place of Acrylic.
Petg heat bends well (remember Inca inks dont), can be die
cut if under .080 thickness and usually comes with a protective
film liner. Petg is a good outdoor material and is preferred over
Acrylic because of better ink adhesion.
Polyethylene: Polyethylene can only be printed on the Inca if
it has a screen printed top coating. Polyethylene is a very durable
plastic for both indoor and outdoor use. It is easily die cut and
Not recommended: Because of surfaces that dont give good
ink adhesion, the following materials are not recommended for printing
with the Inca: Melamine, Acrylic and Glass.