Developed for Exterior Use & 100% Recyclability

A 100% Recyclable Foam Board Ideal for Outdoor Applications

SMART-X® is a lightweight, 100% polystyrene foam board with UV and weather resistant solid polystyrene (HIPS) facers and an expanded polystyrene core that is completely moisture-resistant, creating an excellent solution for exterior applications. Additionally, because there is no adhesive between the core and facers, SMART-X is a 100% recyclable solution for more sustainable promotional campaigns.

The Green Aspect

  • SMART-X with a homogeneous compound is 100% recyclable
  • About 95% of the production waste is collected and recycled on-site

Material Composition

SMART-X is comprised of solid polystyrene facers and an expanded polystyrene foam core.

Advantages with SMART-X®

  • High UV stability & moisture resistance
  • Very good resistance to weathering & warping
  • Smooth, matte surfaces deliver excellent direct print results
  • 100% pure polystyrene for easy recyclability - no adhesives used
  • Extremely rigid and light weight
  • Can be V-cut and folded for 3D displays
  • Vinyl graphics are repositionable 
  • Low resistance during milling or routing

Recommended Applications

Below are some of the more common applications for which SMART-X® provides a solution. While these are frequent uses for our material, we love to see the unique applications designers & artists come up with!

  • POP / POS Displays Medium-term application life
  • Exhibits & Kiosks Medium-term application life
  • Interior Signage & Displays Long-term application life
  • Exterior Signage & Displays Medium-term application life
  • Store & Interior Design Long-term application life
  • Framing Long-term application life
  • Hanging Signage Long-term application life
  • Window Displays Medium-term application life
  • Promotional Campaigns Medium-term application life
  • 3-Dimensional Displays Medium-term application life
  • Shop-Fitting Long-term application life
  • Retail Fixtures Long-term application life
  • Mounting Long-term application life
  • Dimensional Letters Long-term application life

Recommended Fabrication Methods

Thanks to over 40 years of manufacturing experience, we are able to provide general fabrication guidelines and best practices that have been successful with our materials.”

  • Mounting
  • Repositioning Vinyl
  • Digital Printing
  • Screen Printing
  • Painting Do not expose core to solvent-based paints
  • Knife Cutting
  • Saw Cutting
  • Routing
  • Die Cut/Punch
  • Forming Curves

Gauges, Colors & Sheet Sizes

Gauges and Colors Stock Sheet Sizes
3/16” - Bright White Facers – White Foam 48" x 81"; 48” x 96”; 60" x 81"; 60”x120”
1/2” - Bright White Facers – White Foam 48" x 81"; 48” x 96”


3A Product Brochure

3A Product Brochure

3A Composites Product Guide

3A Composites Product Guide

PDF 02/13/2018 
Product Sheet - SMART-X®

Product Sheet - SMART-X®


Application "Quick Guide"

PDF 10/20/2019 

Fabrication "Quick Guide"

PDF 02/29/2024 


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Case Histories

3A Composites USA To Showcase Full Lines Of Rigid Substrates For Corporate Identity Programs At GlobalShop 2017

3A Composites USA will be focused on creating identity from the inside out with its full lines of interior rigid substrates and exterior aluminum composite materials at GlobalShop 2017 to be held March 28-30 in Las Vegas.

The Benefits And Possibilities Of SMART-X, 3A’s 100 Percent Recyclable All-Plastic Sheet

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New Smart-X Recyclable Foam Board To Be Showcased At SGIA Expo

SMART-X® graphic display board recently was introduced by 3A Composites USA as the first heavy-duty foam board available in the Americas that is 100 percent recyclable. SMART-X will be showcased at the 2014 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas Oct. 22-24 at 3A Composites’ Booth No. 3241 where show-goers will be able to test their skill at the SMART-X corn-hole game.

NEW SMART-X® Heavy-Duty, Recyclable Foam Board Introduced to Americas by 3A Composites USA

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 23) – SMART-X® graphic display board has been introduced by 3A Composites USA as the first heavy-duty foam board available in the Americas that is 100 percent recyclable.