Future Links December 17th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature the advantages of digital textile printing for new designers, a new conductive ink, Powa’s advertising technology linking digital and print, a miniature laser print, the reemergence of print catalogues, how packaging can prevent distribution damage and a new world record for the smallest inkjet image.

Digital textile printing makes fashion accessible for new designers
Digital fabric printing is one of the hottest new trends in the fashion industry. With technological advances in digital fabric printing, designers are now able to take their own designs and turn them into custom textiles. At N.C State College of Textiles, young designers get the chance to learn about and work with the newest technology.
More at News Observer

New ink could lead to 3D printed radar
Researchers at a Raytheon-sponsored lab at the University of Massachusetts have found a way to print electronic parts used in radars directly onto plastic. This would make radar systems both cheaper and more versatile. The new ink is key to printing a specific type of capacitor called a voltage-variable capacitor, or varactor. The researchers believe theirs is the first all-printed varactor.
More at MIT Technology Review

Powa allows print ad shopping without the QR code
As it becomes clearer that a good marketing mix combines print and digital, new technologies connecting both worlds emerge. One of them is being introduced by Powa. Powa Technologies is hoping to change the look and feel of the intersection of print and digital advertising with tech that does away with the QR code. Brands can upload images to Powa and then use those images in print ads and packaging making the entire image scannable by smartphone.
More at Marketing Dive

New laser technology can print entire Mona Lisa on one hair
If you were impressed by artists who could write a name on a rice grain, this new breakthrough will amaze you: Scientist from DTU Nanotech and DTU Fotonik have developed a new laser printing technology. It is now possible to print an entire painting or an article in color on an area the size of a human hair. the new laser technology allows researchers to print in a resolution of just 127,000 DPI.
More at Science World Report

Printed catalogues are back for the holiday season – and beyond
2015 has seen a resurgence in printed retail catalogues. An increasing number of companies are reviving their catalogues and adding print back into the marketing mix. But the catalogues have evolved: They have become targeted and more interactive. This makes them a proactive tool that can help drive sales.
More at What They Think

How packaging can avoid distribution hazards
Primary packaging used to be thought of as the marketing billboard while secondary packaging was the protective workhorse. Both, however, need to work together to help protect against common distribution hazards while a unit is in transit, across all modes. Hazards could arise from vibration, stacking, temperature and humidity.
More at Packaging Digest

New world record for smallest inkjet picture
It seems to be the season for miniaturization. In addition to a new laser printing technology that allows printing on a nano-scale, there has been a breakthrough in inkjet printing. Guinness World Records Limited has just named ETH Zurich and their spin off company Scrona Ltd. as the official World Record Holders for the smallest inkjet-printed color image measuring 0.0092 mm, or 80 µm x 115 µm in size. The image was created using the 3D NanoDrip printing technology recently invented by ETH Zurich.
More at 3D Print