Trade Show DisplaysOver the past 18 years, most of our printing has been done for companies exhibiting at trade shows and conventions. The photo above shows a ten-foot-wide popup curve with a "wrap-around" photo mural. The pop-up curve is the most universally popular type of display for trade shows because it is so practical. It gets its names from a frame comprised of aluminum "X's" that expands to full height in a few seconds. The frame, six mural panels and bright stem lights all pack into a single case that converts to a podium during the event.
Producing a photo mural consisting of 6 panels with abutting seams is a precision job with a lot of steps. It took us a few years to perfect the techniques involved. Each panel is set up in the computer with its own trim lines and bleed. After printing, laminating the front with a velvet texture laminate, and laminating the back with a stiffening laminate, the panel has to be cut with perfectly straight edges within about 1/100 inch accuracy . Then magnetic strip and "hanger strips" are added, all with precise placement to get the panels to line up correctly.
Photo mural panels are the high end of "rollable" graphics, requiring the most work and the most expensive materials. Other rollable display graphics include "velcro-on" posters that are laminated but not as stiff and supplied with low-profile hook (similar to Velcro) so they can be easily placed on display walls of velcro-receptive fabric.
Display graphics are always made specifically for the type of frame system or display that will support them. No one way of doing things will be appropriate for every application. We use many different types of media (print material -- usually not paper), many different types of laminate, and many different types of mounting substrate. We even use different kinds of, depending upon the application.