Foam Boards

Foam Boards are Widely Used For:

  • POP displays
  • Exhibits and kiosks
  • Framing and mounting
  • Interior signage—short-term application life
  • Digital and screen printing
  • Sets and props

Performance Characteristics:

  • Rigid, yet lightweight
  • Readily accepts inks and paints
  • Easy to fabricate, knife cut, emboss,
    and die cut (Fome-Cor®)
  • Saw cut and routed (Gator®)
  • Easy to bond
  • Prototyping

Common Brands:

  • Fome-Cor®, Fome-Cor® JetMount®
  • Gatorfoam®
  • Gatorplast®
  • Smart-X®

Foam Boards

Rigid, yet lightweight, family of graphic art boards, easy to fabricate and cost effective

Foam board (graphic art board) comes in a variety of grades and colors, offering options for short or long-term application. Foam boards are an excellent choice for applications that require a rigid, yet lightweight material. Easy to fabricate, foam board can be knife cut, die cut, printed, painted, mounted, and laminated. Want to create unique 3-dimensional displays or signage? Foam boards can be embossed and debossed without heat for 3D effects. Foam boards are sold in cartons ranging from 2-25 sheets.

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Fome-Cor® Dimensions:
20 in x 30 in – 48 in x 96 in
0.125 in – 0.187 in
Gatorfoam® & Gatorplast® Dimensions:
48 in x 96 in – 60 in x 120 in
0.187 in – 3 in
Smart-X® Dimensions:
48 in x 96 in
0.187 in – 5 in
COLOR Foam Board Famliy Colors:
Wht Facers/Wht Foam, White, Black, Blk Facers/Blk Foam, Wht Facers/Blk Foam, Nat Facers/Wht Core, Wht Facers/Blk Core, Wht Face/Blk Core/Blk Face, Wht Face/Blk Core/Wht Face
GRADES Self-Adhesive, Heat-Activated, Digital Print, Bright White, Heavy Duty, Smooth

Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Custom sizes and colors available upon request. Several grades of foam board are available.



Fome-Cor®– Popular graphic art boards well known for performance, are comprised of extruded polystyrene foam with clay-coated white or black paper facers. Perfect for die cutting, Fome-Cor® provides a compressed edge that stays closed and retains its shape. Fome-Cor® Heat-Activated eliminates the use of hot melt tissue stock and can be used on a heated-mechanical or vacuum dry-mount press, or with a heated roller laminator. The adhesive is activated with low temperature settings for a quick damage-free mount. Fome-Cor® Self-Adhesive is available in either repositionable Low-Tack or immediate bonding High-Tack options and eliminates the use of pressure-sensitive adhesive stock.

Fome-Cor® JetMount®– Comprised of denser extruded polystyrene foam with clay-coated paper facers Fome-Cor® JetMount® provides increased rigidity and warp resistance. Great for more demanding mounting jobs for display, signage, and framing.

Gatorfoam®– Heavy-duty foam board comprised of extruded polystyrene foam bonded between two layers of wood-fiber veneer. Time tested, with an excellent reputation for digital and screen printing. Bright white facers are available. It is dent and scratch resistant.

Gatorplast®– Comprised of extruded polystyrene foam bonded between two layers of high-impact polystyrene cap sheets. Gatorplast® is smooth, offering high-impact facers that resist warping. It is lightweight and water resistant. Vinyl graphics can be repositioned on it.

Smart-X®– Lightweight, all-plastic sheet material with surfaces of UV and weather resistant solid polystyrene (HIPS) and a core of expanded polystyrene that is completely moisture-resistant. Smart-X® offers:

  • Rigidity with very low weight
  • Brilliant printing results with direct digital printing offering vibrant colors even for exterior applications
  • Very good resistance to weathering with high UV stability and humidity resistance
  • Low resistance during routing or milling which makes this material perfect for processing signs, displays, and dramatic in-store lettering 

TECH TIP– Smart-X® is a mono-material composite made from 100% polystyrene. Smart-X® is 100% recyclable and meets the demand for ecological materials in the area of visual communications.

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