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Smart-X

Features

  • Printed full colour direct to board with UV inks giving outstanding quality and long-lasting fade resistance
  • Lightweight, extremely strong and rigid with an expanded polystyrene center
  • Moisture resistant
  • Very good weathering properties, recommended for exterior signage for up to 2 years
  • 100% Recyclable product

FAQs

Is it more expensive to print multiple colours?

No, we digitally print all of our products in full colour using UV resistant inks as standard. So you won't see any increases in price if you have a lot of colour in your artwork.

How do I submit my artwork files?

Simply attach your artwork via our upload option when placing your order, our uploader will accept Jpeg, Tiff, PNG, PDF and ZIP files up to 50mb. It is recommended to ensure artwork files are optimised to retain a reasonable file size.

You can also simply use our email address (at the top of the website) and attach your files. If you have any problems with sending large files give us a call or use file sharing services like WeTransfer.com. If you are using WeTransfer or similar, we highly recommend sending an email alongside this, as we do not pick up orders from WeTransfer emails. 

What are requirements for artwork files?

Preferable file format is PDF or high-quality JPG. If you are supplying artwork ready to print, please make sure the design files meet all general standard printing requirements like:

  • Files must be to scale (100% size) or at least in proportion (half size, quarter size etc.)
  • CMYK colour mode (no RGB or Pantone colours as it can cause problems)
  • All text must be converted to curves/outlined or at least embedded inside supplied pdf
  • There is no need for extra bleeds and crop marks for simple rectangular signs
  • Please include cut path for cut out boards indicating expected board shape OR simply describe where it should be, and we will draw the shape for you in most cases free of charge.

In case you require and design work or are uncertain about the files you have please just attach your files with description in your message. We will help and advice. If there would be any extra charge involved, we will let you know before proceeding with any changes.

Am I able to collect from you directly rather than arrange delivery?

We are located in a town called Whitefield just outside of Manchester City Center, if you happen to be local, or are just passing by, you're more than welcome to collect your order from us directly. If this would be preferred just let us know when sending over your order.

What is the difference between Smart-X and Foamex?

Foamex is a solid PVC board, whereas Smart-X has an expanded polystyrene center, making it a lot more lightweight than foamex but retaining a similar strength and print quality, making it an ideal alternative.

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Details

Smart-X is lightweight foam based board, which offers a perfect alternative to materials such as foamex or foamcore. Smart-X is an all-plastic sheet material made up with surfaces of UV and weather resistant polystyrene and a core of expanded polystyrene that is completely moisture-resistant. These qualities make it the only lightweight foam board ideal for external usage. The board can be digitally printed direct or vinyl mounted, and is ideal for professional looking signage.

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