What is Foam Board Printing?
Foamcore or also referred to as foamcore, foam core, poster board, foamboard, or foam board. Although there are several different manufacturers, all of those products are basically the same. Made of a rigid, extra dense, lightweight plastic foam center and is faced on either side with two very thin sheets of smooth, printable coated paper. That gives Foam Core unique strength properties while having the weight and bulk of plastic foam. It’s so lightweight; you can easily hang foam core prints from the ceiling without a unique weight-specific hanging system.
Foam Core is water resistant, bends slightly but is not crease-proof, and has a semi-strong impact capacity. Sounds amazing, right? It is your best option if you’re looking for lightweight, rigid dimensional signage with quality durability at the lowest cost. If you are interested in cheap foam core printing or looking for a one time use tradeshow sign, this is your best option.
These are ideal for lectures, presentations, trade show booth signs & trade show displays, the point of purchase displays, menu boards, conference signs, temporary signs, and high-quality photo poster printing. It is available in 1/8″, 3/16″, 3/8″ & 1/2″ thicknesses. We can custom die-cut foam board prints to any shape and size.
Blank Foamcore Signs
We offer both blank and custom printed foam board in any size, shape or quantity. If you want to order a blank board, then we have several options to choose from. Keep in mind we can ship to any state in the US and Canada. All sheets start as 4’x8′ in size and are cut down from there. Here are a few of the colors we have:
This comes with a matte black finish. Both the outer liner and the inside are black. Comes in 4×8 sheets but we also offer 2×3 foot, 40×60 or 30×40. Is also a popular size.
Also is sold in a dull matte finish and comes in 4×8 size. We can cut the sheets down to any size you choose. As noted below we can also print directly to this material.
Comes in a dull royal blue finish. If you are searching for different shades of blue, we can help we can custom print the blue, but it will be more expensive. Generally comes with a 3/16″ thick finish and 4×8 foot sheets.
Recently pink has become more popular for wedding signs and bachelorette party signs. If you are looking for one sheet, we recommend Michael’s. If you need pink sheets in bulk, we can help with that.
Foam board Printing Options
We think laminating is an excellent idea if you want to extend the life of your signs. Laminating posters will put a thin film over your print to protect it from scratching. That will add about 20% to the price of your print. If you want your posters laminated, we offer two different laminate finishes. The most popular laminated poster finish is glossy which adds a bright sheen. The other option for your poster is matte laminate which adds a dull finish and will reduce glare. Unfortunately, we will not laminate foam board printing that you had printed elsewhere.
Double Sided Foam Core Signs
We offer single sided as well as double-sided printing. This is a must-have for any application requiring the print to be seen from both directions or be hung from the ceiling. Another excellent use for double-sided printing would be utilizing it in a presentation; you can use the board around to use the backside for secondary information or a new topic. By taking advantage of double-sided prints you can save some money and the hassle of lugging around extra prints to your next trade show or presentation.
Heavy Duty Foam Core Signs
Instead of using the standard 1/8″ or 3/16” material, you have the option of upgrading to a 1/2” heavy-duty foam board. This 1/2″ heavy-duty material is more durable, longer lasting, and is less prone to bends and creases. Thick foam board is a better idea if you need it to last a long time. We stock this up to 2 inches thick.
Printing Direct vs. Mounting
Most print shops will mount their prints or signs instead of spending the extra money on machinery to print directly to the board sign itself. They will go about telling you how their method is better and prevents against warping or creases or creates some airlock barrier against fading and damage, that’s the entire opposite of what will happen.
Mounting is the last resort in our shop unless it is specifically requested by a client to match previous artworks. When mounting vinyl, it WILL shrink, peel, and warp no matter what it’s just a matter of time. Mounted prints can shrink and peel in as little as three days depending on the climate the print is stored or displayed in. Here at Nonstop Signs, we print directly onto the sheet; its smooth, sturdy surface provides a pristine base for photo quality prints or posters and assures that the print will NEVER peel.
Foam Board Sizes
We can produce these in any standard poster sizes. The most common formats we offer are 2’x3′, 22″×28″ and max is 48″x96″. If you are looking for larger sizes, we recommend 3×4 and the largest size we offer is 4×8. If you need a custom size, just let us know, and we can cut your sheets to any shape or size.
Can you ship?
Foam board printing makes a great gift, and we can ship your prints anywhere in the USA or Canada. The product fits any budget, and we are your one-stop print shop, delivering high-quality products at affordable prices and unbeatable deadlines. How do we do it? We print a lot, I mean A LOT and with as much as we order we get great prices on our material & shipping, in turn, we can offer and pass on great savings to you. Not to mention we have a full-time in-house design and production team operating 16 hrs a day to get your job done ASAP.
How long will my prints last?
The lifespan of your print ultimately depends on how the print is handled. These prints damage quickly and are best suited for short-term or low traffic use. We recommend gator board for long-term applications where the media may travel from one event to the next. If you place your print into a metal hardware frame, it will last for years.
Foamcore Printing Specifications
- Custom order any size up to 4’x8’ sheets
- Standard Sizes: 12″x12″,11″x17″, 16″x20″, 24″x12″,24″x36″, 36″x18″, 2’x4′, 4’x4′, 4’x8′
- High-Quality, High DPI Print capabilities up to 1440 DPI
- Custom cut to any shape or size
- Weight: 0.1437495 lbs per square foot (about the weight of 14 quarters)
- Thickness: .1945″ or 4.9403mm
- Print Method: Five color digital print process CMYKW, eco-friendly, fade, abrasion and weather resistant to UV inks.
Frequently asked questions:
Is this a good option for event signs?
Yes, it is our favorite option for event signs because is it inexpensive and looks professional. We recommend printing on 3/16″ for 1-2 day event signs. If your signs are for a high-end event such as a wedding or an important presentation, we recommend using 1/2″ as it will look much nicer. For any event signs over 2×3, we recommend using 1/2 inch” so the sheets do not bow.
Do you offer a thick foam board?
We carry thicknesses ranging from 1/8″, 3/16”, 1/4″ and 1/2″, 1″ and 2″. We’ve seen custom ordered 2″ thick material but the minimum order is several thousand 4×8 sheets.
What if I want to order multiple foam boards?
If you want to order multiple prints, that is not a problem for us because specialize in large runs. If you need to order over 100, then you may qualify for wholesale pricing. We allow you to print with one new image per sheet or multiple signs with the same image. If you are ordering numerous prints, we recommend creating an excel sheet to track the size, quantity and file name.
How do I print a photo on foam board?
Not all of these are used for signage; you may want a photo printed for personal use. If you have a few images that you want to print then email us the photos. Our team will be able to look at your pictures and tell you the largest size we can produce without pixelating your photo. Images taken from an iPhone are a great resolution.
What is the maximum foam core board size?
We can print your photo to any size. The maximum size we offer is 4×8. The smallest foamboard size we offer is 1×1. We can custom cut your foam board to any size.
Do you offer double-sided foam board signs?
We offer both double-sided foam board printing and double-sided foam core signs. Give our sales staff a call and specify that you would like double-sided foam core prints, we will then update the production staff and produce your signs as requested. If you need different designs on either side, please notify the sales staff during the design process and then send us the secondary artwork file after finishing the order process. We will make sure that each side of your print then prints with the correct artwork.
Do you make those big 3d foam signs?
We do produce large 3d foam signs for stages and presentations. These are like the Ted Talk 3D signs. We can cut large foam letters or logos to any shape and size. After we are done cutting the large 3d letters, we paint to the color you need.
Do you sell foam letters?
We cut foam letters using foamcore board sheets. If you want simple one color letters in foam, then we use colored foam. If you want custom printed foam letter signs, then we can print any image you want on top of the foamboard letters. We recommend using these foam letter signs for indoor use. If you are interested in foam letters for an outdoor sign, then we recommend using Gatorboard. If you want your foam board letters painted, we can paint them to any color or finish. When installing your foam letters, make sure you utilize a grid to the letters are straight.
Can you add grommets or mounting holes?
Yes, we can add grommets or mounting holes anywhere on your print. With our CNC precision router, we can die cut to any shape or size as well as add precise mounting holes or drill holes.
Do you offer specific color matching?
Our foam board printer is factory calibrated to high-quality colors. 99% of our clients who order do not need color matching. If you need a particular color, we can produce a few samples, but we do charge a color matching fee. Color matching will make the price more expensive, and unless you are producing museum quality signs, we do not think you need it.
How long does it take to produce?
We can produce these in as little as an hour! Our machine produces 25 4’×8′ sheets per hour. That means we can print up to 500 prints in a 24 hour period. Due to our workload, the typical lead time is about five business days. If you are in a bind and need your prints in a rush, just let us know, and we will take care of you.
How can I install or hang my foam core sign?
The majority of foam board prints will be held up using easels or easel backs, displayed in frames or simply leaned up against something. Other ways to show your signage is to use adhesive, double-sided tape, rope, chain, string or even zip ties. How you go about installing or displaying depends mainly on the setting and usage.
How do I store my signs?
The best practice is to store your signs in a cool and dry environment. Make sure to avoid setting ANYTHING heavy or light on them so that they will not bend or crease. Any bends or creases will not come out.
How do I clean my signs?
Only use a nonabrasive dry cloth or rag to clean off your foam core print, these are perfect for regular light cleaning on your foam board sign. If you scratch your sign do not attempt to clean it off, If the scratch protrudes through the paper layer and into the foam center you will only be making it worse by trying to clean it off. If you plan on using your prints more than a few times and will be either shipping them or moving them frequently, we recommend laminating your foam core prints for an extra layer of protection against surface scratches. Another option if you plan to move your prints often between trade shows or presentations is to purchase them on Gatorboard.
How do I save my files?
We recommend using the Adobe suite for all poster printing, creating and saving files. Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign are our favorites and should give you the best quality. There are several free tools to help with your design such as Canva.com. We recommend saving your files saved as a .pdf at 25% scaled and saved at 300DPI. This will allow the file to remain small in size but still high quality. You have to remember these are very large prints so you do not need the same file quality as a business card or flier.
We recommend that you rasterize all files before saving to eliminate any issues with replacing fonts or graphics images when our design team opens the files. If you want your signs to die cut, please add a “die-line” in the pink font on a separate layer. That will tell us exactly where to cut the file. Please leave a 1/16″ bleed for all artwork. If you are ordering many prints, you can save all of your files on a separate page or save individually. Please do not save them on large sheets. We know this can be tricky and we want to make sure your project turns out perfectly. If you have any questions about saving the files for your, feel free to reach out to our design or sales team!
What are standard sizes?
Our standard poster sizes are 22″×28″ and 24″×36″ posters. These should fit in any standard poster frame. Some larger frames take sizes at 36″×48″ posters.
What is acid-free foam, board?
Some manufacturers use acid to create the white color on the board. Acid-free foam core board does not use acid to treat the material. This acid-free option is better for foam core board prints that will be used around children. The downside to acid-free is that it has a slight yellow tint to the sheet.
Can you produce custom foam board printing near me?
We get this question every day, Can you print a foamcore poster near me? The answer is yes. While our main foam board printing is in San Diego, we can ship next day to anywhere in the US and Canada. Our San Diego foamcore printing is great for west coast orders. For east coast orders like foam board printing in NYC, we can ship or use one of our partner foam sign printers.
Do you offer Chalkboard Foam Board?
There is a cool product called Chalkboard foam board. It is precisely what you think it is! Chalkboard foamboard is excellent for restaurants or anyone who wants to use chalk for changing out their sign. This offered in 2’×3′ sizes.
Do you offer dry erase foam board prints?
We do offer dry erase foam board. The dry erase part is a laminate so we can custom print foam core board then dry erase the top of it. Our dry erase foam board can dent pretty quickly so if you are looking for something longer term, we recommend our custom dry erase boards.
Why should we use you and not your competitors?
Here at Nonstop Signs, our entire customer service team has actually worked in our foam board printing department. We have also invested in the best foam core printing machines. If you are looking for 1 off sign we recommend using Kinkos poster printing, Office Depot poster printing or Staples poster printing. If you want to place a larger, custom foam board printing order then we should be able to beat any other pricing and lead time.
Do you sell Elmer’s foam board?
We do sell Elmer’s foam board but we find it more expensive than our other brands. If Elmer’s foam board it a must for you then let us know and we can provide it. Most of our customers are open to Elmer’s foam board alternatives because it means they will have cheaper foam board cost. The largest size for Elmer’s is 40×60 foam board.
Can I buy wholesale foam board printing?
We do offer wholesale foam board printing to other sign and printing companies for large runs. We print wholesale foam board prints on our night shift so they can be produced inexpensively. Call us today for the best wholesale foamcore pricing.
Foam board printer video:
Our high-quality foam board printer is called an Oce flatbed printer and it is the machine we use for all of our prints. This printer can print edge to edge on your sheets. For larger printing projects, we can print on pre-cut 2×3 prints. This video should give you a perfect idea of how our printing is completed. We also use this machine as a foam core printer. Notice how the UV lamp drys the foamcore prints immediately.
Foam board cutting video:
The machine we use to cut our foam board is called a Kongsberg. Once we take our 4×8 foam sheets off of the Oce foamcore printer, we place them on the Kongsberg router for cutting. That is the best way to cut foamcore prints because it has an automated knife. If you are cutting thick foam core, then our cutting machine offers a routing function so the blade won’t break. Traditional die cut foam core is expensive, but this new foam cutting method has no setup fees. That allows us to create custom foam board cutouts to any shape up to 4×8. We can die cut foam core your company logo no matter how complicated. We do not recommend cutting the foam board by hand.