How do I print on Tyvek paper?

Highly tear-resistant fiber fleece - Tyvek®

Printing medium made of high-strength polyethylene fibers that combines some of the advantages of paper, film and fabric

the essentials in brief

Fiber fleece made of HDPE (high density polyethylene)

Dimensionally stable, tear and waterproof

Very low weight per unit area with high strength

Remains pliable even at temperatures below 0 ° C

Typical applications:
Starting numbers, hiking maps, maps for bike and canoe tours, waterproof documents, ...

Information about Tyvek®

Tyvek® combines some of the best properties of papers, foils and fabrics.

It is a high-strength fiber fleece that is manufactured using a patented spinning process. Tyvek® is based on fibers made from high density polyethylene (HDPE).


Tyvek® is very tear-resistant and absolutely water-resistant.

The typical properties of the material are not affected by moisture or wetness.

The material is not attacked by most acids and salts. However, it can be weakened if it is exposed to oxidizing agents for a long time. Strength is also impaired if Tyvek® is exposed to UV rays for long periods of time. Taking these facts into account, Tyvek® has a service life of approx. 20 years.

Tyvek® remains pliable up to a temperature of - 75 ° C. It begins to shrink at around 115 ° C and melts at around 135 ° C. For this reason, the processing temperature should not exceed 80 ° C.

Tyvek® can be folded and unfolded almost endlessly without losing its physical properties.

Tyvek printability

Tyvek® can Not can be printed with normal laser printers or copiers, as the maximum Fixing temperature of 80 ° C must not be exceeded.

Of course you can use Tyvek® with offset printers and with digital printers that print with HP-Indigo technology (liquid toner).

Tyvek® has a smooth and a rough side. It can be printed on both sides. In the case of one-sided printing, we recommend that you preferably print on the smooth side.

Where is Tyvek® used?

Tyvek® is used where high tear resistance and water resistance with very low weight are important for printouts.

This is the case, for example, with starting numbers, hiking maps for canoeing and cycling tours and cross-country running plans.

Environment and disposal

Tyvek® consists exclusively of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The material can be recycled very well and reused several times.

Thermal recycling creates water and carbon dioxide. The material has a high energy density and is therefore ideal for generating energy.

Landfilling does not produce any decomposition substances that are harmful to the groundwater.

Delivery forms

We offer Tyvek® in the formats DIN A4 and DIN A5. You can choose between two material thicknesses of 55 g / m² and 75 g / m².

The color of the material is bright white.


Tyvek® is a very tear-resistant and completely waterproof material that can be used in a wide temperature range from -75 ° C to 100 ° C. The temperature during printing should not exceed 80 ° C. As a result, Tyvek® is only approved for selected printing processes and cannot be printed with normal laser printers.

Despite its low weight, Tyvek® is extremely strong. It is used where light weight and high strength are important.

additional Information

Order option and data sheet

Tyvek® - can be ordered here

Data sheet Tyvek® (PDF document)

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The information given here is a general guide and does not claim to be complete. It is your responsibility to check the suitability for a specific purpose and the printability with your printer. We accept no liability for damage caused by operating errors.

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