Sign & Digital Graphics

July '16

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ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL 58 • July 2016 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S F come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and they have really revo- lutionized the sign industry because of their versatility. As digital printing has exploded in the signage and graphics markets, so has the use of foam board as a substrate. And because of this explosion, manufacturers of foam board are intro- ducing new products that take advantage of today's digital printers and give shops multiple options for creating innovative signs and displays. A Great Place for Graphics 3A Composites manufactures several foam board product lines, including Gatorfoam, Smart-X, Fome-Cor and Sintra. Gatorfoam has been around for more than 30 years and is the original heavy duty foam board. "It is seen as the staple for foam boards across the world and primarily in the U.S. and Canada. It can be used both indoors and can be used for exterior signage. It is dent and scratch resistant. It is very durable," says Ben Branham, mar- keting manager for 3A Composites USA. Foam board in general has really come into its own with advances in printing technology over the past few years. All of 3A Composites' foam board products can have high-denition graphics printed on them, screen printed on them, cut, bent, shaped or routed to a particular design. Gatorfoam is comprised of extruded polystyrene foam bonded between two F O A M B O A R D A P P L I C A T I O N S Room for Boards Foam board advancements mean more options for graphics and displays B Y P A U L A A V E N G L A D Y C H Paula Aven Gladych is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado. She can be reached at pgladych@ gmail.com. Ingrid Skinner, strategic communications leader for the company, says that what makes INFINITY board so special is that the foam inside the board is 2.5 times denser than most foam boards on the market. (Photo courtesy of Gilman Brothers Company)

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