In 2012, we introduced a revolutionary product: the world's first non-PVC, high-performing wrap film. This film is everything you love about 3M wrap films. It goes beyond non-PVC with a breakthrough boost in attributes. In fact, there was only one way to improve it: make it compatible with solvent printers. So we did. Introducing a suite of 3M Envision Wrap Films — including a new luster overlaminate — that works with all printers. Now we're ready for everyone.
Use with Envision Print Wrap and cast vinyl print films
Horizontal. Vertical. Indoors and out. 3M Envision Wrap Films are versatile enough to wrap everything from vehicles and boats to fleet and buildings — one print wrap film can do it all.
Easier and faster installs.
Our easier-to-handle graphic panels offer dimensional stability. They won't sag and are more manageable, plus the squeegee glides quicker and smoother. That means less wrinkling, less time — and less frustration.
3M Envision Wrap Films are conformable on demand, stretching up to 150% without lifting — and without primer. Tackle the most challenging contours without cutaways or adding pieces of film. And better lifting resistance means no unnecessary and tedious rework. WATCH IT NOW »
Unlike cast vinyl — which can be more brittle and prone to tearing — these films feature greater tensile strength, so they resist tearing for faster, cleaner removal. And because no primer is needed, removal is easier and residue-free. WATCH IT NOW »
Inherently more durable than vinyl, 3M Envision Wrap Films guard against UV rays, high temperatures, moisture and even acid dew — especially in horizontal and nonvertical applications. No browning. No staining. Plus, 3M warranties have you covered, even horizontally.
3M Envision Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G provides outstanding gloss and clarity, and better scratch resistance during installation. No more telling customers to wait for squeegee marks to disappear in the sun. It looks great from the get-go. WATCH IT NOW »
Install in extreme temperatures.
Aligning trailer panels in 85° heat? No sweat. When it's warm, the films won't get too soft or stretch too easily — for an install that's 16% faster.* In cool weather, they maintain a soft feel and won't tear. Just apply heat to conform on demand. WATCH IT NOW »
Meet the first and ONLY non-PVC luster wrap overlaminate on the market. Our new 3M Envision Luster Wrap Overlaminate 8549L offers all the same benefits as Gloss - including optimum performance, UV protection and durability - with a soft sheen that minimizes glare.
*Scientific study determined a 40-minute savings on trailer wraps vs. a competitive cast vinyl.
Continue to tap into unused real estate with more confidence and speed - 50% faster*. Our films are designed to install on common moderate textures such as brick, stucco and cinder block. WATCH IT NOW »
NEW!Luster finish Meet the first and ONLY non-PVC luster wrap overlaminate on the market. Our new 3M Envision Luster Wrap Overlaminate 8549L offers all the same benefits as Gloss - including optimum performance, UV protection and durability - with a soft sheen that minimizes glare.
*When compared to 3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film for Textured Surfaces IJ8624 and 3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 8524.
Greener - without worries.
Now you can go greener without sacrificing performance. All from a company you trust for exceptional quality.
From our products to the environment to community involvement, we're innovating with the future in mind.
We recognized early that doing business in new, smarter ways would not only create a more viable company — it could also enable us to meet our social responsibilities and reduce our impact on the environment.
Reponsibility has its rewards.
Customer needs are evolving. Having 3M Envision Wrap Films in your portfolio gives you the power to align your business with your customers' sustainability initiatives and offer an eco-friendlier graphic solution.
Plus, in this effort to be more environmentally responsible, your clients can earn LEED® credits.**
We are guided by three strategic principles that make sustainability implicit in everything we do:
We build lasting customer relationships by developing differentiated, practical and ingenious solutions to their sustainability challenges.
We provide practical solutions and products to address our environmental challenges for ourselves and our customers.
We engage key stakeholders in dialogue and take action to improve our sustainability performance globally.
3M is proud to be:
a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (2014).
a recipient of the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award eight years in a row (2005 – 2012).
a SGP Platinum Patron.
*Applicable to 3M Envision Wrap Films LX480Cv3, 8548G and 8549L.
**USGBC does not certify, promote or endorse products of individual companies. Certain uses of this product can help contribute to the following LEED® credits. LEED® v2.0: CI v2.0- MR credit 1.2, 1.3 (Building Reuse); CI v2.0- MR credit 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 (Resource Reuse); and NC v2.2-MR 1.3, 3.1, 3.2. LEED® 2009 (v3): NC - 2009 - MR credit 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 (Building/Material Reuse); CI - 2009 - MR credit 1.2, 3.1 (Building/Materials Reuse); and CS - 2009 - MR credit 1, 3 (Building/Materials Reuse).
* 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Films LX480Cv3 and SV480Cv3, 3M™ Envision™ Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G, 3M™ Envision™ Luster Wrap Overlaminate 8549L, 3M™ Controltac™ Wrap Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ380Cv3-10, 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3-10, 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 8518, 3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 8519.
**No primer required up to stated stretch when following 3M Instruction Bulletins.
***Due to superior tensile strength of 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films.
Which products are included in the 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films suite?
There are four products:
3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film LX480Cv3
3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film SV480Cv3
3M™ Envision™ Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G
3M™ Envision™ Luster Wrap Overlaminate 8549L
Which products are new this year?
We are very excited to introduce 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film SV480Cv3 (for solvent and UV printers) and 3M™ Envision™ Luster Wrap Overlaminate 8549L (the ONLY non-PVC luster high performance overlaminate on the market).
Is 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film LX480Cv3 a new product?
No. It is the same film you know as 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film 480Cv3. We simply gave our inaugural film a new product number to avoid confusion. By adding the "LX," you'll know quickly that it's compatible with latex printers.
How are 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films different from other films?
They are the industry's FIRST high-performance, non-PVC films. Not only are they more sustainable, they perform even better than cast vinyl high-performance films.
What are the specific advantages of 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films?
There are many! Here's a quick overview.
Versatile — wrap walls, vehicles, trucks, trailers, boats, textured surfaces and more
Install 50% faster on textured surfaces vs 3M's film IJ8624/8524 combo
Stretch up to 150% and will not lift – no primer needed
Conformable on demand
Installs even easier in a broad range of ambient temperatures – proven to install 16% faster versus a competitive cast vinyl
Provides faster removals
Greater tensile strength - resists tearing
Highly durable – guards against UV rays, high temperatures, moisture and acid dew. Even comes with a horizontal warranty.
Non-PVC for a greener solution
Overlaminates are resistant to squeegee scratching
Plus 3M innovations you know and love:
Excellent print quality
Heated film recovery
Comply™ v3 Adhesive air release channels
Why did you create this product? Were you receiving requests for more sustainable materials?
Our environmental awareness and sustainability initiatives have been growing over the years. This is the way of the future. We have received requests for sustainable products, but understandably, people didn't want to sacrifice excellent performance to use a more sustainable product. Now they can have the best of both worlds: a more sustainable solution that has excellent and even improved, performance.
What are the best applications for 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films?
These versatile films and overlaminates can effectively wrap vehicles, trailers, box trucks, boats, buses, motorcycles, trains, walls, signs, textured surfaces and more. Customers likely will be most interested in applying them to vehicles, trailers, boats, walls and textured surfaces, where its conformability and lifting resistance make it an exceptional choice. The durability, especially in warmer climates and those with any acid dew, make these products highly attractive in those applications. This is all particularly true for companies looking for a higher-performing solution and/or one that is more sustainable.
How do I know which film to order?
Simply choose the film that's compatible with your printer. If you have a solvent or eco-solvent printer, choose 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film SV480Cv3 ("SV" stands for "solvent"). If you have a latex printer, choose 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film LX480Cv3 ("LX" designates "latex"). Both films are compatible with UV printers. Both films are compatible with solvent and UV screen printing. You can refer to the 3M Product Bulletin and Warranty Matrices for each film for a listing of the specific printers.
I have UV printers in my shop – which product is for me?
Both. While 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film SV480Cv3 and 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film LX480Cv3 were designed for specific compatibility with solvent or latex inks, both films are compatible with UV printers.
Where do I find the compatible printers and color profiles for the new products?
Once out of the box, can I tell the difference between the two print films if I have both in my shop?
Yes. We now imprint the product name and number on film liner to easily distinguish between the two films.
What's the difference between the gloss overlaminate and the luster overlaminate?
Gloss provides exceptional gloss and clarity, while luster provides a soft sheen finish to minimize glare.
Does one overlaminate perform better than the other?
No. Both offer stunning, durable results; it's a matter of preference and/or application.
Does 3M offer a matte overlaminate?
Not yet, but stay tuned. We plan to roll out our welcome matte in 2015.
Can the 3M™ Envision™ Luster Wrap Overlaminate 8549L be used for textured walls like the 3M™ Envision™ Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G?
Yes, the luster overlaminate 8549L can be used for textured wall surfaces to reduce the glare on the wall. The installation conditions are the same as the gloss overlaminate 8548G. Details for installing on walls can be found in 3M Instruction Bulletin 5.37 3M™ Understanding & Applying Graphics To Smooth & Textured Wall Surfaces.
Can I use the Envision Wrap films together with other films and overlaminates?
Yes. You can use 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Films with our traditional high-performance overlaminates and clears, and you can use 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Overlaminates on other high performance films, such as 3M's 180 and IJ180 product lines and film IJ380Cv3; thus providing a stronger durability and warranty. Just remember that performance characteristics are generally set based on the graphic constructions lowest performing film in the combination. See the Product Bulletins for films LX480Cv3/SV480Cv3, IJ180Cv3 and IJ380Cv3 for details.
Does 3M have other non-PVC films?
Yes, we've offered a small line of intermediate-level, non-PVC films for many years.
What specifically makes these products more sustainable?
They're non-PVC and use fewer solvents in the manufacturing process. Other
greener details include:
Manufactured using 58% less solvent
No chlorine or other halogens added
Made in part with a bio-based material (LX480Cv3, 8548G, 8549L)
We've been exploring recycling solutions for a while. The composition of our films and their adhesives currently makes recycling them a complex matter, but one we will continue to explore. In other areas of our business, we've already made measurable changes.
How much of the current 3M product portfolio is vinyl based?
The graphics industry was built on vinyl when it started decades ago. As a result, the majority of our products are vinyl. However, the world and the industry are evolving to offer more sustainable options. We're proud to be at the forefront of this movement.
Will 3M migrate away from vinyl products?
We're committed to and exploring how to deliver top-notch performance in more sustainable products. If it's where the market wants to go, we'll be there too, leading the way. In the meantime, we will continue to support the industry with a mix of products and materials.
How can 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films contribute to my sustainability efforts/programs?
Most environmental initiatives have developed and progressed over time. Every effort, like reducing solvent emissions, hazardous waste and energy consumption, has its benefits. A non-PVC graphics solution is another contributor to enhancing the sustainability profile of companies using graphic films. It just makes sense to choose a non-PVC option, especially considering that with 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films, you don't have to sacrifice performance to do so.
I'm not seeing much demand for environmentally preferred products in our industry, so why should I consider 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films?
If you're seeking top performance, 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films are the products for you. If you're interested in a more sustainable film, Envision wrap films also fit that need. Sustainability initiatives are growing across industries and across the world. We want to ensure our products meet the growing demand for sustainable options while continuing to offer the performance benefits people expect of 3M solutions.
What other sustainable products does 3M Commercial Solutions offer?
We offer the following sustainable films and inks:
3M™ Envision™ Translucent Films IJ3730-50 and IJ3730-60
3M™ Light Enhancement Film 3635-100
3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ Adhesive 3545C
3M™ Scotchcal™ Overlaminates 8908 (luster) and 8909 (matte)
3M™ Wall Decorating Film IJ86E
3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film IJ35E
3M™ Screen Printing UV Ink Series 9800
3M™ Screen Printing UV Gloss Clear 9800CL and 9740i
Are 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films more expensive than other films that perform similarly?
These new films are priced competitively with other premium, high-performance graphics solutions. You might find a less expensive film in the market, but you won't find one that performs as well, which saves time and money in the long run. The total value in many applications also makes our products highly attractive.
Do other film manufacturers offer something similar to 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films?
No. There are other non-PVC films on the market, but the key differentiator is that 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films are the only high-performance, non-PVC films capable of meeting all of the required characteristics needed for wrapping/removing vehicle/boat graphics, and textured surface graphics, in a wider range of ambient temperatures, while providing greater lifting resistance and durability, even with a horizontal warranty.
In what geographic markets are 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films available?.
3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films are available in the U.S. and will be globally by early 2015. Contact 3M Commercial Solutions at 3Mgraphics.com for more information
How can 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films streamline my shop?
They're universal! Both 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film SV480Cv3 and 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film LX480Cv3 are versatile enough to wrap just about anything from vehicles and boats to buildings and textured and smooth walls.
How are 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films packaged or delivered?
Products are packaged and shipped in the standard, durable and recyclable 3M box. Also, the end caps are made from recycled resin and are recyclable themselves (look for the #2 Recycle symbol).
Can I try 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films before I buy them?