Month: May 2017

Laminate Thickness 101

Laminate is a clear plastic film bonded to a printed piece. Laminates protect the piece from stains and moisture and increases its strength and durability. Laminates can add sheen and vibrancy to the ink colors below bringing them to life. Laminate is available in a variety of thicknesses. From thin and flexible, to heavy and rigid. Here is a helpful tip – if you need a printed piece to be rigid, you can save money by printing on a heavy cardstock and then applying a thinner laminate film… this is less costly than printing on thinner paper and using...

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Scuff Proof Laminate – Does it really work?

I have been specing scuff proof laminates (also referred to as anti-scuff) a lot these days as it simply does just what is says, and it does it remarkably well – it keeps those nasty scuffs and scratches far away and at bay. Scuff proof laminate is typically a matt finish, so it also keeps things looking clean and fresh by preventing those unsightly fingerprints that are so common on a glossier finish. This durable finish is ideal for brochures, folders, and any printed products you want to keep looking spiffy and clean. It is an ideal choice for...

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Holographic Film – What is it and Where is it Used?

Holographic film is a very thin, flexible plastic film [Polyester (PET), Oriented Polypropylene (OPP) and Nylon (Bonyl)] which has been micro-embossed with patterns or even images. Patterns (such as checker plate or diamonds) or an image (such as a tiger) are created by way of an embossing process which can provide a remarkable 3-D effect and/or spectral (rainbow) coloring. The embossing process is akin to cutting tiny grooves into the films surface at various angles and in different shapes. These micro-embossed grooves cause the “diffraction” of normal white light into stunning spectral color. This phenomenon is not unlike the...

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Wow Factor with a Fresnel Lens Effect

Are you looking for a print finish to create maximum shelf appeal and consumer impact? Think Fresnel lens! Incorporating a Fresnel lens into your package design will create a 3D effect that will give consumers a sense of movement as they are passing by. It is a sure fire way to attract and retain attention. The remarkable 3D effect is achieved by the incorporation of a series of Fresnel lenses into the paper or board of your packaging. The lens area is then overprinted. The resulting life-like perspective produces the impression of depth that provides the pack with a...

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Polyethylene Terephthalate

Also known as polyester, PET, and PETP, this laminate is the most common of the thermoplastic polyesters. Calling it “polyester” often causes confusion – not only is it chemically similar to PBT also a thermoplastic polyester, the most common resin system used in GRP is also a polyester system – and also often called just “polyester”. (In this latter case, however, the polyesters are chemically unsaturated and are “free-radical polymerized” into a thermoset). Polyethylene Terephthalate is a strong and hard, stable material that absorbs very little moisture. It offers excellent gas barrier properties as well as chemical resistance with...

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