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Maps Printed on Waterproof Tyvek®

Show Profile  PeterHaszard Posted: 9 April 2016, 3:22 AM  
I have read a couple of Posts referring to waterproof maps.
My company provides a printing service on Tyvek®.
We can take any PDF and reproduce it at any size (up to A0) the result is a map that is waterproof, tearproof, colourfast, can be rolled and folded and written on.
Email me at or call me on 0800-737-764

Show Profile  The Map Guy Posted: 9 April 2016, 11:12 AM  
We used Tyvek once for clip cards. The paper appeared to be a little greasy and harder to write on than other waterproof papers. The surface is a little on the "rough" side compared with a smoother surface of Teslin which is what many of our maps are printed on. PolyArt is smooth too.

There is no reason why Tyvek can't be used as I have seen graphic images printed on it.

Two questions Peter:
1. Can Tyvek be used in a laser printer?
2. Are you willing to provide a demonstration copy of a printed orienteering map (1:10,000 scale) on Tyvek so others can review it?

Show Profile  Kenny Posted: 10 April 2016, 4:21 AM  
Unless Tyvek has changed its composition since the mid 70s, it is probably still not suitable for O. A professional printer member of our club (Southern Navigators) introduced it about 1975. They printed most O maps in the SE. It was used in British orienteering for maybe 1 or 2 years but discarded because it held mud and blood thus obscuring parts of maps.

A pity because it is distinguished by being probably the toughest of all synthetics, and like Pretex is eminently foldable. It cannot be printed on dry toner printers - I'm not sure about wet toner such as HP Indigo. Oce (now owned by Canon)did bring out a wide format ink printer maybe 4 years ago which could print on Tyvek. However the resolution was then unacceptable for O maps and the production cost was still too high.

I will be interested to hear from Peter as to any advances in Tyvek use for O maps.

Disclaimer: Although Jim Russell and I sell Pretex, we do not do so in NZ. Jim and I monitor ready availability of likely looking synthetics for O maps and if we ever find one more suitable for dry toner, we would advise.




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