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Sunboard printing for creating wall posters

Printed vinyls come in a roll form. They have a sticker base. Canvas, flex banners and cloth media too, get printed out of rolls. We now need to now make these flexible rolls, rigid. This is achieved by pasting the printed vinyl on a thick sheet of plastic known as sunboard or foam sheet. Foamsheets are very smooth, lightweight and rigid. They are used extensively in the print and sign industry to create posters.

These rigid sun board prints or posters can now be drilled on a wall, put in a frame or simply gift wrapped and handed over directly for use. So when we say sunboard printing, we actually mean printing on a media with a sticker base and then mounting / laminating on a sun board or foam sheet.

sunboard printing to create great looking posters showing product pictures
rigid foamsheet printing used in the sign industry to create posters

Foamsheet / Sunboard printing

Sunboard sheets are made of low density polystrrene. They have a smooth , even and coated surface. Sunboards are available in a variety of thicknesses ranging from 2 – 18 mm. They are also available in a number of colors. But, the digital printing industry typically uses sheets which are 3 – 5 mm thick for their printing applications. The color used by default is white. Due to its low density, the finished prints are extremely lightweight and can be easily lifted.

Apart from gaining rigidity, prints are mounted on a sheet of sun board also gain a very flat and even finish. The low density of the sheets enables one to cut the edges of the prints easily. The end result is a smooth, stiff panel. This panel and be carried and easily pasted on walls, doors, and glass partitions using a strong 2 sided tape. One can also drill the boards on a wall.

Here are some images of product branding done on vinyls using our Mimaki and Roland ecosolvent photo printers. The prints have been laminated and then mounted on sheets of 3 mm sunboard. The finished job has then been installed at point of sale locations like in retail stores, malls, etc.

Inkjet sunboard print pasted on glass
Pizza Hut menu board at Koregaon park, Pune. Inkjet print on sunboard
sunboard printing on wall
ecosolvent printing with lamination pasted on foamsheet

Foamsheet / Sunboard Printing applications

Foamsheets are such a versatile product, that they can be used for a variety of applications. Listed below are some of uses for the same…

Price for printing on Sunboard / Foam sheet

At Orchid we print on 3 mm as well as 5 mm thick sunboard. Here are the per square foot prices for the various options…

Per square foot price5 mm thick sunboard 3 mm thick sunboard
Print + with lamination120/-90/-
Print + without lamination100/-70/-

GST on the above is 18%

Cutout display stands made from sunboard

One application where sunboard is used extensively is cutout display stands. These shape cut standees take the form of people, cartoons or products. Click on this link for more info on the same….


shape cut displays used for parties
foam sheet used for creating life sized cutouts

Foamsheet / sunboard printing

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