What can synthetic paper be used for?
Paper has been around for thousands of years and dates back to the days of the Ancient Egyptians who wrote on papyrus. It’s hard to imagine a world without this material given that it’s used for everything from note-taking to publishing, packaging to even some types of food. There are numerous different kinds of paper as well including tissue, copier/printer, newsprint, and more. And there’s a new type available: synthetic. Let’s take a quick look at what it is and how it can be used.
Synthetic paper is very similar to the type used in copiers, fax machines, and printers. However, it differs because it’s made out of polyester. Thus, it’s essentially plastic and you can use it for a variety of applications. It’s available in 8.5” x 11” sheets that are 5 mil thick. These sheets are waterproof and extremely durable so they’re perfect for documents that will be regularly handled. One advantage to this material is that you don’t need to laminate it, which will help you save time and money. (For one thing, you won’t need to buy laminating pouches or film.)
Sheets of synthetic paper can be run through most photocopiers (both black-and-white and color units), digital presses, and laser printers. (They can’t be used in ink-jet printers, unfortunately.) They can be used for important documents, ID cards, menus, photo printouts, and more. The sheets are nice and bright so all of your text and photos will look great. Synthetic paper can be punched so you can use it in binders, with various types of binding machines (comb, wire, etc.), and it can be trimmed with a guillotine trimmer once it’s been printed on. It offers all of the versatility of regular paper with the added benefit of durability.
If you choose to use synthetic paper, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get the results you need. First, always handle the sheets by their edges. This prevents them from getting scratched or becoming married by fingerprints. Second, before you ran the sheets through your machine, make sure they’ve been in the room for about 24 hours. This will help them get acclimated to the environment. Third, make sure to fan the sheets a bit before placing them in your machine’s feed tray. This ensure they’ll run through the machine more smoothly and reduce the risk of a jam. And finally, go easy if you trim them with a guillotine cutter. Since these sheets are plastic they can do a number on the blade if you try to cut too many of them.