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Inkjet technology might soon be literally flying high, thanks to an invention by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). The leading innovator in advanced science and applied technology has secured a patent for a technology for large-scale robotic inkjet printing on complex surfaces, including aircrafts.

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Printed electronics is one of the buzzwords in the industry and it has been a major theme at last year’s drupa. In the course of ever developing electronic devices, which have to be smaller and even more efficient at the same time, cost-effective methods and materials are on top of engineers’ and developers’ lists. The Japanese company Super Inkjet Technology (SIJT) Inc. might have created a solution for that. Their super fine inkjet, which is able to print onto different materials on the sub-micrometer scale, has great potential to revolutionize the printed electronics market.

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At the moment, not a day passes without exciting news on printed electronics. Therefore, it is no surprise, that we gave these future technologies a prominent platform once again with our PEPSO area for innovative printed electronic products at drupa 2016 and still bear them in mind with a view at drupa 2020. Among the promising solutions from this field are organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Thanks to PI-SCALE, it is now economically attractive to realize innovative products with flexible OLEDs even for SMEs.

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Thinking and acting sustainably becomes more and more important for everyone – also for businesses and companies. Still, natural resources such as wood and oil are used for manufacturing processes. But did you know that there has been a revolution in the production of paper? With the aim to save forests and to reduce water usage, Times Bridge Management (TBM), in cooperation with Japan’s largest printing company Toppan Printing Co., has invented paper made out of Limestone, a material overlooked for a long time.

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How do you know if the coffee in your to go mug is ready to drink without trying and maybe burning your lips? Do you have an idea if you can still eat the meat in your fridge even if the expiration date is already exceeded? Actual there is no practicable answer but nanotubes stamps could bring the solution! Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a stamping process that involves carbon nanotubes which might cost-effectively print electronic ink onto almost any surface – whether rigid or flexible.

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In the recent past, we have experienced a mass of innovations coming from the printing industry: 3D printed houses, food or even bones. The printing of OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) displays with an inkjet printer might be another leap in functional printing and next-generation TVs.

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Thanks to their versatility, printed electronics are booming. On our blog we have already shown how they can be used in the medical field, to prevent accidents, to solve crimes or to generate power. Who would have thought that they also are able to spread music throughout the world?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is looking forward to an exciting future. Although it is going to entail many advantages, some experts are concerned about its environmental impact. After all, it will comprise more than 200 billion connected devices by 2021 resulting in a huge amount of e-waste due to the batteries needed in order to power them. But Finnish researchers are already searching for a solution.

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The blood alcohol level is the most precise indicator of a person’s intoxication. For a long time it has been necessary to take blood samples for this purpose, but now screen printing offers a more practicable solution.

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Flexible electronics are the future. Especially for the use in small devices, the materials have to be highly pliable and robust. Scientists from the Leibniz-Institut für neue Materialien (INM) in Saarbrücken, Germany developed a process, which lets you “write” electronic caps directly with a pen. A combination of the advantages of organic and inorganic electronic materials form a new hybrid ink.

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Future Links CW 12 – Green Printing Edition

This edition of our future links is all about green printing. Be it the launch of a new sustainability standard for textile printing, a new product range with health and environmental advantages or printing with cellulose, the five pillars of sustainable printing production or tips for ecologically printing in business: This week revolves around sustainable and eco-friendly solutions from the printing industry.