Future Links August 7th 2014
Here’s our daily news roundup from the printing industry. Today we have for you living food label, 3D printing for the next Boeing 777X, Heidelberg cutting costs, more 3D printing in Photoshop, Brother’s new small-business line, Kodak awarded for inkjet photo paper, print service education and speeding up 3D printing.
Living food labels
Industrial design student Solveiga Pakstaite created a new type of labels using a „bio-reactive“ substance that indicates when food expires. The so-called Mump Marks are made of gelatin that degrades at the same rate as the food inside a package.
More at Fast Company
3D printing for the next Boeing 777X
General Electrics seems to position itself as the leader within the metal additive manufacturing space. For the upcoming GE9X engine of the new Boeing 777X, which will begin production in 2017, they are researching ways to use metal 3D printing for production.
More at 3D Print
Heidelberg cutting costs
Heidelberg pulls out of finishing dumping all but one of its product lines and closing its Leipzig factory. Most of the company’s packaging finishing lines will now be manufactured in China.
More at ProPrint
Adobe expands 3D printing in Photoshop
Adobe introduces new features in a software update including new design tools and more options for 3D printing. The program now supports new 3D printers and print services and can read and write in a broader range of 3D file formats.
More at VentureBeat
Brother introduces new small-business line
Brother International Corporation has introduced the MFC-J5620DW, the first model from its new line of color inkjet all-in-ones for small businesses, the Business Smart Plus Series. According to the company, the product has a number of ways to help a small business cut its printing costs.
More at PR Newswire
Kodak awarded for inkjet photo paper
Kodak has received the Hot One Award for its Professional Inkjet Photo Paper, Matte / 230g. The judging panel is made up of independent professional photographers who pick the most innovative products of the year.
More at Sign News
Print service education
Antalis UK is holding a series of workshops aimed at print service providers looking to expand their knowledge of new applications. The first part on 11th September will focus on signmaking.
More at Large Format Review
Speeding up 3D printing
Researchers from the University of Sheffield are using high speed sintering to control the density and strength of a final product and using less ink than is standard. Unlike usual 3D printers that use lasers, HSS marks the shape onto powdered plastic with heat-sensitive ink, which is then activated by an infra-red lamp to melt the powder layer by layer.
More at Engineering