Another challenging print job completed in Wimbledon, Greater London. We were tasked with installing printed ACM or Dibond onto a shipping container which had been converted into a coffee kiosk.
The biggest problem with shipping containers they are strong steel boxes with corrugated sides to give them additional strength which makes designing or applying any vinyl graphics or branding to them are very difficult. Shipping containers are also weather tight and the client did not want us to put any holes into their newly converted steel container.
Shipping container wrapped with digitally printed ACM/Dibond board
If we used a digitally printed self adhesive vinyl wrap similar to a vinyl used for vehicle wrapping. The corrugations are too deep for the vinyl to be stretch into and would also distort the image. The alternative would be applying digitally printed vinyl in and out of the corrugations which would take many hours if not days.
We came up with the solution to use a digitally printed 3mm aluminium composite panels (also known as printed ACM or Dibond) laminated with an anti-graffiti film which will give it protection against graffiti (it will not stop the vandals but the graffiti can be easily wiped off!) The panels were fixed to the container with 3M VHB tape ideal for this type of application. 3M VHB tape is a double sided permanent tape with an extremely strong bond superior to screws, rivets and fasteners.
The whole job was completed in a 1.5 days and the client commented that it was better than expected as they could see the difficulty in branding such an irregular shape.
For any challenging printed ACM or Dibond please contact us.