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Binder FAQ's
What is a poly binder?
How is a vinyl binder made?
How can I decorate my binders?
What is the difference between a clearview binder and a encapsulated binder?
How do I determine the ring capacity?
Can you determine the ring capacity if I tell you the number of sheets going into the binder?
What is a rivet?


Index Tabs FAQ’s
What is the most common tab extension size?
What is Mylar reinforcing?
What is the weight of our most commonly used index tab paper?
Do you charge to make changes to my artwork?
Will I receive a proof?
Is it possible to 4-color process print on vinyl and other materials?
What are acceptable file types for sending artwork?


Binder FAQ's

What is a poly binder?
Poly binders are made with a rigid plastic type material called polyethylene. The binders are made by die-cutting the shape of the binder and spine hinges are scored to create backbone. Poly binders are extremely durable and can withstand high temperatures

How is a vinyl binder made?
Vinyl binders are made using vinyl material for the inside and outside. A chipboard is placed between the cover and liner materials and the vinyls are heat sealed together using special dies in a heat-seal machine using heat and radio frequency waves.

How can I decorate my binders?
Many decorative options are available, including screen-print, foil stamp, stamp/deboss, blind deboss, and offset/litho printing. Not all for these processes are suitable for every project, so check with the creative team at Space Age to see which techniques best fit your products.

What is the difference between a clearview binder and a encapsulated binder?
Both a clearview binder and a encapsulated binder have a clear piece of vinyl on the outside of the binder. A clearview binder, however, opens at the top so cover sheets can easily be inserted and removed. A encapsulated binder is sealed at the top, protecting the printed sheet and holding it permanently.

How do I determine the ring capacity?
To determine the ring capacity you should measure the ring metal not the spine width.
1. Round ring: measure the inside diameter
2. Slant or Straight D ring: measure from top to bottom of the straight edge of the ring metal. Do not measure the curved part of the metal.
The spine width is usually ½” larger than the ring metal capacity. We refer to the binder capacity size by the size of the ring not by the size of the spine

Can you determine the ring capacity if I tell you the number of sheets going into the binder?
Yes, we are able to determine the ring capacity by the number of sheets. We will need to know the thickness of the paper, such as 20# or 24#, etc., and if there are index tabs that will be inserted with the text.

What is a rivet?
Rivets are used to fasten ring metals to the binders. Rivets appear as 2 small round pieces of metal on the outside of the spine or back cover of binders. On some binders, you may order hidden (concealed) rivets.


Index Tab FAQ's

What is the most common tab extension size?
1/2” tab extension on an 11x8-1/2” sheet size.

What is Mylar reinforcing?
Mylar reinforcing is used to keep pages and tabs from tearing out of the binder.

What is the weight of our most commonly used index tab paper?
90lb index.

Do you charge to make changes to my artwork?
Yes, we charge a $75.00 art charge per hour for any work that we do to a customer’s artwork.

Will I receive a proof?
If Space Age is making any changes and/or improvements to your artwork we require you to sign off on a black and white fax or a PDF proof. A color proof is provided on all four-color process orders. Space Age would not provide a proof if the order is an exact repeat or if the artwork was received in useable condition unless one is specifically requested.

Is it possible to 4-color process print on vinyl and other materials?
Yes, it is possible to have photographic style process printing on vinyl and other materials

What are acceptable file types for sending artwork?
Illustrator EPS: This is the most favorable file format for artwork submission.
Adobe acrobat PDF: This format is also acceptable.
JPEG: This file type is unacceptable as artwork. We refer to this as a placed or scanned image.