Future Links September 15th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature new funding for 3D printed turbine research, easy-to-use 3D modeling learning software, variable data printing in the wide-format segment, Schreiner LogiData’s tiny RFID label, Antalis’ partnership with UN conference, UPM Raflatac’s new thin label and Greiner Packaging’s successful combination of plastic and cardboard packaging.

Researchers receive 1 million USD for 3D printed turbines
High-powered turbines have to withstand harsh environmental influences such as extreme temperatures. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering have now received a total of 1 million USD in funding to improve the thermal qualities of high-powered 3D printed turbines, mainly in protection against extreme heat. This project scope is meant to cover both current turbines in production today and those being developed for the future.
More at 3D Print

Slash brings 3D modeling to a greater user base
Many engineers and CAD specialists have mastered the intricacies of 3D modeling but there are people who would like to use 3D printing technology for prototyping or production but see 3D modeling as a big hurdle. The software Slash may be able to help. Its goal is to introduce 3D modeling concepts in a fun, easy-to-use, and game-like platform.
More at 3ders

Variable data printing continues to evolve in the wide-format segment
Variable data printing (VDP) adds flexibility to the printing process. It allows integrating varied content, sometimes known as dynamic publishing, and enables a standard template to merge different content within the overall workflow. Thus tailored output is merged seamlessly into a print run.
More at FESPA

Schreiner LogiData presents extremely small RFID label
When it comes to RFID labels for small metal components, size matters. Schreiner LogiData has now introduced a label that measures just 10 mm x 50 mm x 1.7 mm. According to the company, it is currently the smallest label for metal substrates on the market.
More at Labeling Blog

Antalis partners with major conference on sustainability
Paper and packaging merchant Antalis has announced that it has become an official partner for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). The paper Antalis will supply for the event, for stationary, posters, handouts, and all other documentation, will have a five star rating under the Green Star System, therefore, will be recycled and carry the EU Ecolabel.
More at Print Monthly

UPM Raflatac launches new “no-label-look” label
The Vanish labels are said to be particularly suited to food, beverage and personal care labeling. The clear PET labels are just 23 microns thin and use less material than other clear films, making them ‘a more economical and sustainable choice’, according to UPM Raflatac.
More at Labels & Labeling

Greiner Packaging combines cardboard and plastic packaging solutions
Greiner Packaging is demonstrating how inter-division synergies can be utilized in the best possible way. As cardboard-plastic combinations are more and more in demand as attractive and environmentally friendly packaging solutions, Greiner has focused on developing an assortment of plastic packaging with high-quality folding boxes.
More at Packaging Europe