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Rigid Substrates

While the name may suggest otherwise, rigid substrates are a flexible tool in sign-making. Rob Fletcher finds out how the latest materials in the sector can play an important role

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Making the inflexible flexible 

While rigid substrates certainly practice what they preach in terms of offering sign-makers a strong and hard-wearing material, they are most certainly not rigid in how they can be used, with these products suitable for use across a wide range of applications.

From traditional signage projects, hoardings and safety signs, through to point-of-sale (POS) and exhibition stands and even interior design work, rigid substrates are, ironically, among the most flexible materials available to the market.

Here, we look at some of the latest options available to sign-makers and find out about how they can help users improve both the quality and performance of applications across a wide range of markets.

Solid base

First up, Indasol offers a host of both off-the-shelf and bespoke bonding solutions to cover a wide range of applications and markets such as sign-making, POS, fabrication and general purpose bonding. Martin Sadler, owner and director of Indasol, says that in order to achieve the best final product, sign-makers have to start with a solid base.

With this, he recommends Signblock, which, available from Indasol, is supplied in a range of densities and sizes to allow the user to create a 3D shape or letter, and then finish it as they wish with either a high gloss or textured stone effect.

Best suited for 3D signage and displays as it can be CNC (computer numerical control) routed or hand carved, Sadler says that Signblock lends itself to the more adventurous signs and shapes. He adds that using LEDs will also further enhance the product’s final finish and as Signblock is a lightweight exterior grade, it suits installations at height both indoors and outside.