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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • July 2016 • 61 Infinite Possibilities The Gilman Brothers Company, in Gilman, Conn., has a new agship foam board called INFINITY, which is a sty- rene-faced foam board. Ingrid Skinner, strategic communica- tions 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. The styrene finish makes the board very smooth. Because of that, there aren't a lot of pockets in the sur- face to capture ink or to leave white spots behind. That means that the printer will use less ink, which costs less money in the long run. "Because we have special modiers in our foam, you can bend it," she says. "You can't do it with paper-faced foam boards, but because of the styrene, it can be bent." Her company has made several trade show booths completely from foam board. "You are not limited to at signage. It can be cold-bent. You pre-score it and then ship it at. It gets to the store or trade show and they take it out of the box and they can just bend it to shape," Skinner says. At a recent trade show, the company made a 1980s rock and roll scene with a tour bus crashing through a wall, drums and guitar all made out of INFINITY board. "The drums were pre-scored and bent. They look like round drums. It was put together on site," she adds. "Everything we had at our trade show looked real." Gilman has what it calls its ColorOne White Point Management System that ensures optimum printing performance and consistency across all of its board products, including direct-printable foam board, by matching the surfaces of the board by their degree of whiteness. Surface liner materials and coatings have been carefully selected to derive consis- tent white balance and optimum sur- face properties for printing. ColorOne helps producers deliver better results for exhibit and display applications where more than one type of board may be employed, yet the imagery must be consistent across the entire project. This is particularly important when printing logos and identifiable company color schemes. INFINITY board is also very bendable and 22 percent lighter than many of the foam boards on the market, which makes it economical to ship. Along with trade show booths, INFINITY board is used for 3-D displays, point-of-purchase signage, retail store displays and hanging displays. Post-Cut Appearance When cutting some foam boards, sometimes the edges can look ragged. Because INFINITY board's foam core is 2.5 times denser than other foam board options, it cuts more cleanly than other foam boards, Skinner says. "We have had great performance with Zünd and other digital cutters," she adds. The board comes in sizes rang- ing from 16" x 20" up to 60" x 192". INFINITY is 100 percent recyclable. It comes in 3 mm to 1-inch thick. The half- inch INFINITY is very popular for mak- ing trade show booths. Its thickness and strength allows it to be carved into large shapes that won't bend or op over. SDG Stenciled art on Gatorfoam. (Photo by Christine Polomsky courtesy of 3A composites)

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