Sign & Digital Graphics

April '20

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3 2 • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S F oam board not only presents a lightweight yet rigid, durable surface for short-term indoor uses—though some of the products can last a decade—it's quick and simple to use. Sign shops can present it as a less expensive option for signage with- out a heavy equipment investment. "The main benefit of using a foam board is it's a fairly inex- pensive way to display a graphic message. Foam boards are light in weight, so if any shipment is involved, freight costs are kept to a minimum," says Lee Coda, president of Coda Inc., in Mahwah, New Jersey. Foam board, a popular substrate for retail signage, is one of the most common substrates for flatbed printing, but sign shops can use other types of printers to print to vinyl by attaching the vinyl to foam board for similar results. "Foam substrates offer the benefit of having a solid form that is an extremely lightweight, durable and cost-effective medium for producing signage. Foam core sheets are easy to manipulate Getting on Board Increasing efficiency in foam board printing B Y S H E L L E Y W I D H A L M Shelley Widhalm is a freelance writer and editor and founder of Shell's Ink Services, a writing and editing service based in Loveland, Colorado. She has more than 15 years of expe- rience in communications and holds a mas- ter's degree in English from Colorado State University. She can be reached at shellsinkser- or United Industries UltraBoard's top-line foam board product, the UltraBoard Classic. The UltraBoard Edge Band product from United Industries. The main benefit of using a foam board is that it's a fairly inexpensive way to display a graphic message.

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