Future Links CW 23 – Industrial Printing Edition

This week’s future links summarize the latest innovations in the field of industrial printing. Check out our roundup on an additive manufacturing simulation module, the potential of 3D printing for mass customization and ways to speed up production and increase turnarounds.

Revision of CGTech VERICUT Software Includes Additive Manufacturing Simulation Module

The innovative technology VERICUT offers solutions fitting the needs of the customers by taking advantage of the rapidly expanding Additive Manufacturing market. With the breakthrough of hybrid machining centres that combine subtractive machining and metal additive deposition, CGTech reacted to user requirements for VERICUT to simulate the entire CNC process of hybrid machines. In order to get optimal safe “hybrid” production methods the software simulates the same NC code that will drive the CNC machine.

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ILS Speeds Up Production with a HP Indigo 8000

To drive higher volume production of digitally printed pressure-sensitive labels and shrink sleeves, Innovative Labeling Solutions (ILS) has installed a high capacity HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press. It is among the most productive narrow-web digital presses in the market. ILS has already been collaborating with HP for a long time, because HP provides the solutions and flexibility they need to expand the product offerings and to reach a wider range of market segments. The speed of the HP Indigo 8000 increases the capacity of ILS to more efficiently produce pressure-sensitive labels.

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Awesome Invests in Enhancing Screen Printing and Digital Printing Facilities

Awesome Merchandise recently announced investments of £165,000 in the M&R Sportsman screen printer and in the new Konica Minolta bizhub Press C1100. The C1100 runs at maximum speed of up to 100ppm at 600dpi resolution, taking paper ranging from 40gsm to 300gsm at a maximum size of 310x460mm, whilst the Sportsman is Awesome’s first 12-colour screen printing machine and has mainly been bought to increase turnarounds on printed shirt orders.

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Partnership Between Adidas and Carbon Comes With Futurecraft 4D and Mass Customization With 3D Printing

Adidas and the 3D printing company Carbon announced that their latest shoe models called Futurecraft 4D will be available for a much larger group than before thanks to 3D printing. Meeting their long term ambitions, the current production target is 100.000 by 2018, but finally scaling up mass customization should result in millions of items. This is why Adidas and Carbon are developing new machinery to reduce the production time. Carbon uses the Digital Light Synthesis technology to craft 3D objects with light and oxygen permeable optics. Then, the desired properties are formed in a thermal baking step. In this case, a midsole for the Futurecraft 4D is fabricated with this process.

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Presentation of On Demand Machinery’s Panel Corner Applicator

With their Panel Corner Applicator, On Demand Machinery (ODM) aims to speed up production. This semi-automatic machine is designed to apply accurately aligned corners to menu panel inserts. The ODM Panel Corner Applicator is able to apply four corners per 20 seconds. Furthermore the top loading hopper stacks and pre-aligns corners and can hold up to 200 die cut corners. The machine includes a LCD touch screen control panel and dynamic hot-melt supply unit.

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