What is Sun board (foam board) and how is it used in printing?

Sun board or Foam board is a very strong, light, and easily cut sheet material used for the mounting of vinyl prints, as backing in framing, and for painting. It usually has three layers — an inner layer of polystyrene foam and a white claycoated paper on the outside.

Apart from printing, Sun board is commonly used to prototype objects, produce architectural models, and to make casting patterns. Backgrounds for scale model displays, dioramas, and games (computer) are often produced by hobbyists from sun board. It’s often useful for photographers as a reflector for light in the studio, and in the design industry to display presentations of new products; Another use is with aero-modellers for building small radio-controlled aircraft.

 

An example of printed sun board  (using UV flatbed)

An example of printed sun board (using UV flatbed)

 

But nowadays sun board is widely used in India and around the world for large format printing and store branding. Photos or creatives are first printed on a self-adhesive vinyl which is then mounted on to the sun board. This sun board can then be taken pasted on a wall, pillar or other flat surfaces using either double-sided adhesive tapes or nails depending on the surface. The more modern method is to print the sun board directly using a UV flatbed printing machine. UV prints on sun board last longer and are free from peeling problems.

What is the image resolution required to print on sun boards ?

In any large-format printing solution, the recommended image resolution is between 72 to 100 dpi at actual size. It is a myth that your images need to be 300 dpi. That is valid for small format printing (like brochures or catalogs) but for prints which are larger in size and have to be seen from a distance, 72 to 100 is a really good print resolution.

Where can I get sun board prints in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida ?

Amitoje India is your best source for printing on sun board in and around the NCR region.

What is the general price for sun board printing in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and other parts of India ?

The price can range from Rs. 75 per sq ft to Rs. 200 per sq ft (USD 1.2 to 3.5) depending on the total quantities for print and quality of print and material required. Contact us to find out more information.