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Film calculators descriptions and links

There are many types of films used in the decorative surfacing industry and even more applications. Films common to this industry are:

  • Vinyl (rigid or semi-rigid), polypropylene & OPP (Oriented Polypropylene), acrylic and more.

Thickness of the films can range from under 2 mils / 50 µm to over 25 mils / 635 µm depending on the application and the manufacturing process. Here are a few of the ways to manufacture film:

  • Calendered - the film goes through a series of heated rollers achieve the correct thickness and finish.
  • Extruded - forced or pushed through a thin slot to achieve the correct thickness.
  • Oriented - The film is stretched length wise and width wise to achieve greater dimensional stability.
  • Single or Multiple ply (sandwiched films - the layers can vary in thickness and chemistry depending on the desired physical properties)

Films can be solid or printed with various designs. The designs can be printed on the top surface or reverse printed (the back) or be printed between the two layers of a sandwiched film. Physical embossing and topcoats can be applied for extra durability and aesthetic enhancement.

Substrates range from composite panels (particleboard & MDF), gypsum, fiber backing, ABS & PVC rigid panel or metal depending on the application. Depending on the film type it can be thermal formed (membrane pressed), roll laminated or profile wrapped continuously using a variety of adhesives.

Common uses of film are flooring, kitchen cabinets doors and interiors, bathroom vanities, shower wall liners, store fixtures, wall systems & paneling, shelving, closet systems, RTA, home office furniture, picture frames, wrapped moldings and reflective markings.

Film is generally sold by length (linear meter or linear yard) or area (square feet or square meters). The following calculators were created to make these conversions easy and flexible, allowing mixed entries between metric and imperial values. Click on the blue title bar to navigate to the desired calculator.

Area and length conversions for a roll of film

This calculator can convert between area and length with the following information:

  • Width of the film in millimeters or inches
  • And one of the following units
  • Area of the roll of film in square meter (m2) or square foot (ft2)
  • Length of the roll of film in either linear meter (lm) or linear yard (ly)

Cost conversions between area and length

This calculator can convert cost between area or length if you provide the following information:

  • Width of the film in millimeters or inches
  • And one of the following units
  • Cost by area in either dollars $ / square meter (m2) or dollars $ / square foot (ft2)
  • Cost in length in either dollars $ / linear meter (lm) or dollars $ / linear yard (ly)

New option now available - a second calculator can be opened that allows you to convert the cost to other currencies!

Length of a roll by diameter and thickness of the film

This calculator can calculate the length of roll of paper if you provide the following information:

  • Diameter of the roll in millimeters (mm) or inches (in)
  • Outside diameter (OD) of the core in millimeters (mm) or inches (in)
  • Thickness of the film in microns or mils (1/1,000 inch)

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