LAMINATING AND MOUNTING
Besides the printed work itself, Image Monster also offers a variety of options for the important finishing touches of laminating and mounting. Lamination can ensure a work stays fresh and preserved for added years, while mounting is an essential part of any good presentation. Our laminating choices include Matte, Glossy, and Dry Erase. For mounting, choose among the latest materials on the market, with options ranging from Aluminum to FoamCore.
Lamination offers several advantages like improved strength, insulation, and stability. There are three main types of lamination techniques used in digitally printed products: pouch, heated roll, and cold roll lamination.
Pouch lamination involves a laminate that is coated with a heat-activated sealant or glue on one side. The laminate and the object it is intended to cover are pressed together and passed through a heat source, which causes the sealant to adhere to the object, thereby laminating it. This process can fit into a desktop laminator small enough to fit on a table, comparable to a printer.
Heated roll lamination works by using heated metal rollers to tightly compress two sheets of plastic film onto an object to be laminated. There is glue on the side of the plastic film which faces the object to be laminated, and this is melted when it is passed through the heated metal rollers. These lamination machines start at about the size of an outdoor bbq grill cart.
Cold roll lamination involves a sheet of plastic laminate which is coated with an adhesive. While stored, the adhesive is covered by a glossy material which it does not stick to, and this is removed to expose the sticky adhesive just before it is time to laminate. The object to be laminated is then pressed together against the plastic with the exposed adhesive, thereby becoming laminated. This method is particularly useful to laminate items which would otherwise be damaged by heat or liquified adhesive.