Future Links August 4th 2014
Here’s our daily news roundup from the printing industry. Today we have for you a playable poster for Crystal Light, increase in printers aiming for ISO 14001, Tetra Pak’s first bio-based cap, HP and 3D printing, digital printing on corrugated board, 3D printing of organs developing, Nigerian packaging industry, 3D printing with potatoes and printing your iPhone screen.
Playable poster for Crystal Light
The low-calorie drink mix Crystal Light kicks off its sponsorship with singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert in partnership with U.K.-based conductive ink startup Novalia. They are launching a poster that allows fans to touch a Crystal Light poster and literally spin her record, unlocking audio tracks from her new album.
More at Printed Electronics
Increase in printers aiming for ISO 14001
It looks like the environmental standard ISO 14001 is more and more becoming an accepted business necessity in the industry. Print waste management firm J&G Environmental sees a major increase in customer enquiries about how to gain the standard.
More at Print Week
Tetra Pak launches first bio-based cap
Tetra Pak is taking another step forward in their ambition to make fully renewable packaging. The company has introduced a bio-based version of TwistCap OSO 34 manufactured using high density polyethylene derived from sugar cane.
More at PackWeb Asia
HP and 3D printing?
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has said earlier this year that there would be an announcement in June about HP’s 3D printing plans. However, the industry is still waiting and some claim that the company might be too late to enter the market.
More at ZDNet
Digital printing on corrugated board
A workshop by FEFCO, the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers, confirmed that high-volume digital printing on corrugated board is becoming a reality. With this technology, corrugated board is being transformed from packaging and protection to a new marketing communications medium, according to the association.
More at Large Format Review
3D printing of organs developing
A team of scientists has achieved a breakthrough in figuring out how biological inks behave as they are dispensed through the nozzle head of a 3D printer. Results from the testing showed for example that as the concentration of the cells in the bioink increases, the droplet size and velocity of the drops decrease.
More at The Guardian Liberty Voice
Nigerian packaging industry grows
According to recent studies, Nigeria’s packaging industry has been strong in the past and increasingly growing. Apparently, this is due to the steady rise in urbanisation rate as more people move from rural and less developed areas to cities.
More at BusinessDay
3D printing with potatoes
Scientist at Fab Lab Breda in the Netherlands have used a small amount of solanyl filament to print objects. This is a product mainly based on reclaimed side stream starch from potato processing industry grain, root or seed and or flour based resources.
More at Fabbaloo
Print out your iPhone screen
Smartphones can replace a wallet full of paper notes and receipts, but sometimes you still need a printed copy of documents. King Jim’s Rolto printer for 160 $ uses a free app to print exactly what you see on screen on a tiny roll of thermal paper, even if the document or website has to be scrolled.
More at Gizmodo