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Aluminum Composite Material

Aluminum Composite Material

Dibond® is the industry's leading aluminum composite material (ACM) for more than 15 years.  It is comprised of two pre-painted sheets of .012" aluminum with a solid polyethylene core. Made In USA.

  • Excellent for digital printing as well as mounting
  • Flattest panel on the market
  • Superior surface protects expensive digital and screenprinted graphics
  • Provides excellent durability in outdoor applications
  • Won't bow or oil can
  • Approximately one half the weight of aluminum
  • Can be routed and returned to add dimension or roll-formed to deliver sweeping curves

Flammability Characteristics

  • Self extinguishing
  • UL 94V-0
  • Class 1 or Class A fire rating (ASTM E-84)

Recommended Applications

  • P-O-P Displays Long-term application life
  • Exhibits & Kiosks Long-term application life
  • Framing Long-term application life
  • Framing - Archival Long-term application life
  • Signage - Interior Long-term application life
  • Signage - Exterior Long-term application life
  • Signage - Structural Long-term application life

Recommended Fabrications

  • Mounting Cold mounting techniques only
  • Repositioning Vinyl
  • Digital Printing
  • Screen Printing
  • Painting
  • Saw Cutting
  • Routing
  • Die Cut/Punch Punch press die set is required; not a steel rule die
  • Forming Curves
Gauges and Colors Stock Sheet Sizes
2mm White/White 48"x96"
3mm White/White 48"x96"; 60"x120"
4mm White/White 48"x96"
3mm Black/White 48"x120"
3mm Dark Bronze/Fine Silver 48"x96"
3mm Hunter Red/Caution Yellow 48"x96"
3mm Dark Green/Ultra Marine Blue 48"x96"
3mm Brushed Silver/Fine Silver 48"x96"
3mm Brushed Bronze/White 48"x96"
3mm Brushed Copper/White 48"x96"
3mm Brushed Stainless/White 48"x96"
3mm Black/Black 48"x96"
DIBOND®

DIBOND®

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Product Sheet - Dibond® & e-panel™

Product Sheet - Dibond® & e-panel™

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Dibond® Color Guide

Dibond® Color Guide

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Fabrication Manual - Dibond®

Fabrication Manual - Dibond®

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Self Assembled Bowl Made From A Single Sheet Of Folded Dibond ACM

Inspired by the folding techniques of Ron Reush, "a visionary mathematician and designer who was one of the first to explore the architectural potential of 3D tessellated structures in the 1960's and 70's," Hans Sachs at Responsive Design Studio created the Durian. Durian is a 3D-folded bowl made from white Dibond aluminum composite material.

Cottage Signage Blends Into Natural Surroundings With Reclaimed Timber, Stone and Dibond ACM

Relish, a graphic design and branding company out of Winnipeg, Canada, designed the exterior signage for the St. Amant Spirit Cottage by Hans Kraus Family & Qualico. The cottage is a recreational retreat for children with developmental disabilities and their families. The signage is featured on the driveway leading up the cottage and is the first brand interaction visitors have with the facility.

The Effectiveness Of Dibond ACM As A Painting Substrate For Artists

Cut Plastic Sheeting, a UK Dibond distributor, recently completed a blog post about the effectiveness of Dibond as a painting substrate. The author states that Dibond's increased popularity as painting substrate is due to, "...not only for its stiffness, but also due to its supreme smoothness and the superb results of its graphic finish."

Architect Creates Over-Sized Dibond Lamps For Australian Lighting Company

Chris Bamborough is a UK born architectural designer with a strong background in digital communications and geographical information systems (GIS). Working for London-based Hawkins and Brown Architects, then computational design studio Supermanoeuvre and Sydney-based architectural consultancy AR-MA (Architectural Research &Material Applications.) Additionally, Bamborough has a special interest in sound with allows him to produce electronic music and DJ in his spare time.

Designers Create Folded Table Using One Square Meter Of Dibond ACM

Dibond is often chosen for exterior signage due the product's weather resistant properties. Interestingly, this feature has allowed for the material's expansion into the exterior furniture market.

Photographer Captures Haunting Images Of Solders In Undocumented Battle

'Unseen Waterloo: The Conflict Revisited' is an explorative photography series by Sam Faulkner that commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Its purpose is to capture imagery of the soldiers, as if photography had existed then.

Artist Creates Photography Series Of Wild Horses On The Eiffel Tower

Multimedia artist, Paola Pivi, creates dream-like artworks. Her photography series' feature animals in surreal environments, donkeys in boats, zebras in snow, and her latest series showcases horses on the Eiffel Tower.

Online Retailers Cant Give Us What We Get Inside The Store

Although consumer goods are sold online, and the online shopping experience is both easy and convenient, there is something about the experience of being within a retail store that you simply cannot get online. The tangibility of feeling, holding and smelling products is a major draw, forcing online retailers to open brick and mortars.

Artist Creates Uncategorized Exhibition Capturing Memorable Moments of Hip Hop Culture

Chi Modu is a Nigerian-born artist whose photography has gained global recognition. Given the opportunity at a young age to stay in the states, while his parents remained in Nigeria, he was given a unique sense of independence and self-awareness early on. After his college career at Rutgers, he got a job at The Source, which was the definitive magazine for hip-hop culture at the time.

In Case You Missed It: Creative Dibond Art Applications

We've examined a multitude of artistic applications for our Dibond aluminum composite material. Over the years, artists have used it as a substrate for painting, a mounting substrate for their photography, a furniture medium and even a substrate for three-dimensional sculpture.

Renowned Artist Creates Masterful Oil On Dibond Paintings

Daughter of the famous "psychic realist" painter Rudolf Hausner, Xenia Hausner has gained world recognition since she became an exclusive painter in the early 1990's. Although she began her career in the 1970s as a stage designer, she began working exclusively as a painter in 1992. Her works have been theorized to have complex and sometimes ambiguous relationships depicted. The artist focuses on female narratives, empowering woman on a global scale.

Art Installation Replaces Ugly Wall On A London High Street

Across from Waitrose Car Park on Balham High Street in London is what locals call the "Ugly Wall." In an attempt to "enliven the streetscape" an artistic motif was proposed to be placed on the wall in a three-year art installation. The artist, Tod Hansen, used a series of architectural motifs as his creative approach. The work depicts the historical identity of Balham in an eye-catching visual display.

Pop Up Retail Shopping Bags Made Of Dibond ACM Drop Around London

ICON's retail display specialists were asked by H&M's Creative Print Manager to further a marketing idea originally presented at a store launch in Singapore. This integrated marketing plan was social in nature, needing to create a significant amount of buzz online.

Art Installation Becomes Scottish Visual Narrative For Passersby

The incredible "Cathedral" wall installation by artist Michael Inglis is an explorative narrative cultivating the Scottish belief systems and highland myths. Over 200 feet long, the art piece took nearly a year to complete from conceptual drawings to actual installation.

Stunning Dibond Aluminum Composite Lighting Concepts From Abroad

We have featured two European lamp designs utilizing Dibond Aluminum Composite Material (ACM), each were incredible examples of the versatility of the material. Now, with two more examples of lighting designs, it is evident that Dibond is entering a new market segment in which designers are bringing new light to this traditional signage material.

3A's Rigid-Substrates Help Create Large-Format Graphic Displays

PhotoWorksGroup, Inc., a large-format graphic solutions provider based in Charlottesville, Va., has been creating large-format graphics, exhibits, displays and signs for museums, universities, healthcare institutions, manufacturers and corporations for nearly 30 years.

Charlotte Museum of History Tells Stories & Preserves Area's Past

A perusal of The Charlotte Museum of History's web site yields a succinct yet significant explanation of exactly why the museum collects and displays artifacts. "Museums collect for various stated purposes," reads the "About the Collection" opening statement "but in the end all the objects and documents serve the same purpose - to tell a story."

Graphics Gurus, HVG, Wow Again With Show-Stopping Displays

Australian marking firm, Rodney Robertson & Associates were commissioned to design high-impact displays for automotive giants, Mitsubishi and Mercedes Benz. The displays needed to exemplify the brands not only in the content featured but also by the use of superior quality substrate materials. Geoff Sykes of Rodney Robertson & Associates states, "...quality signage can make all the difference...first impressions are lasting--a good sign stands out in a crowd and leaves a long-lasting, positive impression."

UK Sign Company Showcases Their Industry Expertise With Dibond Aluminum Composite

H&H Reeds Printers are not only printing specialists, they are also provide a variety of services in the signage and exhibition markets. Within their UK facility, they have the capacity to design, fabricate and print their signage. Fabricator Steven Robinson shared some of their recent projects using 3A's Dibond aluminum composite.

Mirrored Dibond Hoarding Reflects Serene Beauty Of National Park

To cover an unattractive construction site, Parker Design worked closely with Spiral Colour's hoarding team. The project is located on one of the largest lakes in the Lake District National Park in England, Ennerdale Water. The site is beautiful and gets heavy foot traffic, so the designers needed to find a hoarding material that wouldn't take away from the scenery.

Essentials In Traffic Stopping Exterior Signage

Exterior signage serves as your brand's first impression to pedestrian traffic. The sign can, when executed correctly, showcase your brand's image. There are several factors taken into account in terms of the design of your exterior signage.

European Design Firm Creates Innovative Foldable Dibond Furniture Line

The original "trek" furniture series was made using wood. Looking to explore new materials that were easier to manufacture, lighter and could produce a more stable end product, Swedish design firm, design-factory GmbH, stumbled upon Dibond aluminum composite.

The Importance Of High Performance Materials In Wayfinding

Wayfinding is an extremely important component of architectural design. Aisle markers, campus signs, terminal indicators and medical wing directions all provide a service in saving time but also create a "system" that is not only signage, but aids in the development of a brand by combining marketing, identity and design.

Dibond Collapsible Exhibition Celebrates 450 Years of History of the City of Oaxaca

A three-dimensional story telling exhibition was created by Gustavo Fricke to celebrate 450 years of Oaxaca history. Numerous prototypes were produced with the designer stating, "...the basic concept was to obtain the largest exhibition area with a system that could collapse; making it easier to travel around the country."

School Creates New Wayfinding System With Dibond Aluminum

Wayfinding has been used in architecture for many years, but has now become an essential part of a building's design. It not only encompasses the rudimentary idea of navigation of a structure but also a continuation of the building's personality and identity.

UK Shop Branding Inspired by 1950s American Diner Using Dibond ACM

Elsie-May, of the town of Tiverton, was well known for her cake-making and catering skills, leaving behind a slew of early 20th century family recipes. Her legacy lives on with the establishment of Elsie-May's café/coffee shop by her granddaughter, Mandy Jenks. The Jenks family café was inspired by the retro American-style diner, that theme is carried out throughout the branding on both the interior and exterior.

Artist Designs Visually Stunning Illustrated Collage On Dibond ACM

Visual artist Stefan Venbroek created this beautiful illustrated collage for the Radiotherapy Institute in Arnhem (ARTI) in the Netherlands. The artwork was intended to showcase the building's natural surroundings and also feature the names of the hospital's various departments, which are named after animals.

Vibrant Photography Series Blends Eastern And Western Cultures

London-based artist, Hassan Hajjaj, was born in Morocco and his works span the artist realm working in furniture design, fashion, photography, as well as album-cover design. Splitting his time between Marrakesh and London his artist focus becomes this collaboration between Eastern and Western cultures.

French Designer Creates Unique Lampshades With Dibond ACM

Dibond's lightweight and durability allow the material to be used across markets to include signage, displays, exhibitions, interior design and lighting. As previously posted, Dibond's use as a furniture substrate is becoming more prominent.

Artist Creates Incredible Hyper-Realistic Oil Painting On Dibond

Dibond aluminum composite panels are often used for direct printing artistic works and are becoming increasing popular as a painting substrate.

Tradeshow Exhibit Uses Over 200 Custom Fabricated Dibond Panels

Over 200 Dibond panels were printed and routed to custom specifications for mounting in pre-assembled trade show displays by custom printer and fabricator PrintB3. The graphics were produced under strict time constraints, making the accessibility and workability of the materials essential.

JetBlue Terminal Showcases Brand’s Identity With Interior Signage

JetBlue's JFK terminal T5 was a very important project for the relatively young airline. It was their first terminal in which they had direct input in its planning and design. Architectural and design giant, Gensler, had the extraordinary task of designing a terminal that did not take away from the Saarinen design of the exterior.

Stunning Typographic Exterior Signage Uses Red Dibond ACM

Brown Falconer Architects collaborated with urban infrastructure specialists, Groundplay, in the design of the Mount Gambier Library in South Australia. The striking, typography-inspired exterior screen was constructed using Dibond aluminum composite material.

Beautiful Japanese Art Exhibition Uses ACM Substrates

Hiroji Kubota is one of Magnum Photo and Japan's leading photographers. His life's works focus on a plethora of themes from documenting Asia's diverse culture to American history. Producing panoramic photographs of cityscapes, landscapes and daily life in Japan, the pieces for this exhibition took four years to compile.

Massive Dibond Display Featured In FIFA Guerilla Advertisement

Dibond aluminum composite material (ACM) is used in retail applications worldwide, from basic interior wayfinding or window display applications to large exterior signage applications. To promote the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Adidas launched their +10 Impossible Team Campaign, which featured top athletes from around the world. Global ad agency, TBWA, developed a massive outdoor display for Adidas on the road to and from the Munich airport featuring German goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn. After helping the German national team place third in the 2006 World Cup, he retired just two years later.

Aluminum Composite House Created Within Industrial Workspace

German interior design experts, Designliga, built their studio out of an industrial metal workshop in Munich, sharing the space with their partner in Web development, Form & Code. The space, Halle A, sits next to Munich's enormous power station, and is more like a small village than a workspace.

Graphic Display USA How To: Mounting on Dibond

This blog post discusses methods for using Dibond materials in mounting applications. These applications typically entail the attachment of some type of graphic to the Dibond surface. The graphic to be mounted may be printed on paper, foil, plastic or fabric provided the proper types of methods and adhesives are used.

Artist Paints Dibond Mural For First Boy Scout Troop In California

The City of Lindsay commissioned artist Josie Figueroa to paint a mural as an ode to the first Boy Scout troop in California, "Troop One." Robert Baden Powell created the Boy Scouts in England and 1907, bringing the idea to the east coast of America just three years later.

Artist Creates Aluminum Dragonflies To Enliven Building Exterior

Although primarily used for signage and display, Dibond aluminum composite material has been featured on a global scale in several unique applications. The Regency Dragonflies of Hollingdean in Brighton are the epitome of unique.

Sliding Door System Uses Dibond ACM

One of Comhan Holland's many indoor tensioning systems is a lightweight sliding-door frame system called T-Door. The quick and easily assembled design has a variety of applications such as; exhibition stands, screening/separation in showrooms, warehouses, storerooms, retail displays, and other interior applications.

Graphic Display USA How To: Cutting Dibond

Dibond Material can be cut using various methods common to both the metal and woodworking industries. These methods include cutting with table saws, panel saws, multiple operation rip/V-grooving saws, portable saws, reciprocating and band saws, and routing and shearing equipment. No cutting lubricants, oils or coolants are required with any of these cutting operations.

French Designers Create Minimalistic Coffee Table With Dibond ACM

When an architect and a designer teamed up to create furniture, the ultimate modern coffee table design was created. "Table 4x4" is a culmination of P. Guillou's skills in furniture making and J. Barrčs' skills in space design.

Scandinavian Manufacturer Creates Promotional Clocks Using Dibond

ZÜND is a Scandinavian manufacturer of digital cutting solutions. In 2013 the company created a series of Dibond, veneer and acrylic clocks. Using an application seen mostly in art galleries, ZÜND combined Dibond and acrylic to create an impressive look.

Italian Design Firm Creates Lamp From Single Sheet of Dibond ACM

Italian firm-ZPSTUDIO has focused on commercial, corporate, product and architectural design since 2003. Their creation of an iconic table lamp, Zeta, is part of their ZPSTUDIO TOOLS collection that features small-scale Italian production and craftsmanship. The ZPSTUDIO TOOLS collection embodies a unique relationship between traditional Tuscan crafting techniques with materials used in industrial production.

Dibond Used In Unique Motorcycle Design by Automotive Engineer

The original "Norton Shrike" road bike was designed and built in 1983 as a safer alternative to the conventional motorcycle. It's creator, Dave Norton, has over two decades of automotive racing and engineering experience.

Brooklyn Design Firm Creates Nike Athletic Case Using Dibond ACM

Project Name: Nike Football Cold Weather Case Project Location: Brooklyn, New York Date of Completion: 2011 Designer: WeShouldDoItAll (WSDIA) Fabricator: The Guild Creative Direction: Kevin Wolahan, Nike Project Management: Julie Kenney, Fluid Post-Production Photography: Portus Imaging The designers at Brooklyn-based firm WeShouldDoItAll (WSDIA) were tasked by Nike with the extraordinary job of designing a case for NFL pro athletes in two days.

Dibond Aluminum Composite Panels Create Storage As Bicycle Racks

Taking his love of bicycles, coupled with his desire to build and problem-solve, Joseph Ahearne became a custom bike framer in Portland, Oregon. He uses bike design as a form of creative expression as well as a method of promoting environmental awareness.

Dibond Helps Students Bend The Rules In Architectural Exhibit

Graduate students were "Bending the Rules" in a recent exhibit at the Pratt Institute's School of Architecture in Brooklyn, N.Y., with four full-scale architectural design pieces fabricated with Dibond aluminum composite material (ACM).

Dibond Aluminum Composite Breaks Into New Market With Custom Furniture

Primarily used in retail displays, trade exhibits, kiosks, framing and signage, we also appreciate when clients transform the Dibond product with unique applications.

Durable DIBOND® Helps New Sign-maker Fulfill Premium Outdoor Signage, Art Niche

When Sarah Toupin decided to go into business for herself in 2012, she wanted to use her artistic talents to fulfill a unique business niche in eastern Ontario. Trained in administrative finance and interior design, she was also an avid photographer and thought she could combine these talents to provide promotional signage for the local business community.

Space Foundation Launches Out-Of-This-World Graphics With GATOR, SINTRA and DIBOND Boards

The Space Foundation, a global nonprofit organization based in Colorado Springs, Colo., focuses on promoting space exploration and utilization through a wide variety of space awareness programs, industry events and space-related education programs - all in support of its mission: "To advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity."

Nascar Trophy Display Races To Finish Line With Alucobond® ACM

Jimmie Johnson is known for his speed and driving dexterity on the NASCAR circuit; and, in 2010, he became the only driver in the history of the sport to win five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles.

Traditional Craft Meets Modern Dibond® In Kentucky Barn Quilts Square Project

Quilting long has been considered a time-honored traditional craft in America with this country's early settlers piecing together scraps of worn clothing to create colorfully patterned bedding. Passed down through generations, specific quilt patterns became associated with certain families and/or regions of the country.

DIBOND® Design Catches The Collective Eye In Australian Retail Stores

Excited shoppers recently streamed into Canberra Centre for a peak at the first Marcs store to open in the Australian national capital of Canberra City - and it wasn't just the range of men's and women's fashion that caught the collective eye. The store is the first in Australia to showcase Marcs' new store design concept, which includes an attention-grabbing ceiling made from Dibond® aluminum composite material by 3A Composites.

Durable DIBOND® Supports New Orleans’ Hurricane Recovery

It's been more than two years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans with high winds and rain that breached levees and flooded the city in what has been described by the American Society of Civil Engineers as the worst engineering disaster in U.S. history.

DIBOND® Offers Beauty, Reusability in Corporate Set Designs

ST. LOUIS - With 20 years' experience as a corporate meeting management specialist, Michael Roccaforte, of Roccaforte, LLC, in Carmel, Ind., is confident in his abilities to develop stage and set designs to meet the individual needs of his clients. But he often found himself frustrated when describing his unique ideas for custom designs to fabricators.

Riverboat Signage Builds Steam in St. Louis Tourism Industry

When Metro, operator of the St. Louis Metropolitan region's transportation system, purchased the Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises in 2002, managers soon determined that a major refurbishing in signage, graphics and architectural details on the riverboats' barge was required to build steam into visitor numbers.

Time Flies as Clocks Are Direct Printed on SINTRA®, DIBOND®

The clock was ticking as application specialists at Meredith, N.H.-based VUTEk Printing Systems prepared to exhibit the company's new VUTEk® PressVu® UV 200/600 digital inkjet printer at the SGIA '04 Specialty Printing and Imaging Technology Show last October in Minneapolis.

Quality Presence For Dealership Programs

"The brushed aluminum surface of Butler Finish Dibond® Material suggests quality as a complement and a contrast to other finishes and materials in display applications," said David Meacham, Marketing Manager at Alcan Composites USA Inc.

DIBOND® Material Performs In Business Theater

The materials used in business theater may not be on the program, but the quality of their performance is apparent to critics who know where and how to look. Among the most demanding critics are those who design and produce the stage sets that must perform well in any successful production for business clients. Roccaforte of Carmel, Indiana, chose Dibond® Material as part of an up-front presence in its podium, signage, and stage design for a client's recent sales meeting.

Dibond Material Murals at “The School of Heroes”

A new pre-K to 5th-grade school in Maspeth, Queens, P.S. 58, is named "The School of Heroes" in honor of area men and women who lost their lives during the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. In the school's auditorium, a public artwork project includes a multi-paneled mural as a historic timeline and scenes involving that New York City rescue effort.

Landale Signs Has People Looking Up…Way Up

In the first phase of a major, ongoing signage program for Agricore United, Landale Signs of Edmonton, Alberta, has installed one hundred large signs of Dibond® Material on inland grain terminals - 150 feet above ground. The 10' x 24' signs were screen printed in colors of blue and gold on 3mm white Dibond Material panels of aluminum composite material (ACM).

Muralist’s Work is “Mile High and Rising”

When Marcus Akinlana was commissioned to create a large mural for the Denver International Airport (DIA), he selected Dibond Material for the painting substrate -- material which has been used for a wide range of exhibit and display applications.

Dibond Material Pennants Wave Durable Welcome

There's just something about pennants flapping in the breeze at a new home community that gets the attention of passersby and helps to welcome newcomers. Debbie Fisher of Marketshare Inc., in Roseville, CA, wanted the effect of windblown fabric, but she and her client wanted something more durable.
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