Future Links December 18th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers Australia’s legal victory in the plain tobacco packaging battle, how 3D printing will change the auto industry, robots assisting in 3D glass printing, Optel Vision’s printing and verifying station, 3D printing with reactive matter, how an understanding of science can improve the printing process and new on the drupa blog: Personalized airline magazine grabs readers’ attention.

Australia wins against Philip Morris in plain tobacco packaging battle
Tobacco company Philip Morris Asia has attempted to challenge Australian plain tobacco packaging laws under a bilateral trade agreement with Hong Kong. Australia has now won the international legal battle to uphold its world-leading tobacco control measures. Meanwhile, France is also progressing with its plain packaging initiative.
More at The Guardian

How 3D printing will impact the auto industry
3D printing is changing the way goods are manufactured in a profound way. One industry that will be transformed will be the auto industry. From printing car parts and accessories to creating new concepts from scratch, the possibilities of 3D printing are virtually endless.
More at 3D Print

Robots assist in 3D glass printing
When MIT’s Mediated Matter Lab managed to 3D print optically transparent glass, it was considered a sensation. Now, Virginia Tech and the Rhode Island School of Design are looking to take advanced glass manufacturing even further, through the nation’s first Collaborative Glass Robotics Laboratory. One initiative of the Lab is a robot-based 3D printing process for glass that has already yielded interesting results.
More at 3ders

Optel Vision’s print station verifies serialized codes on cartons
Having the correct serial code printed on packaging is vital for pharmaceutical packaging companies. Optel Vision has introduced a new pack station that manages the printing and verification of cartons to ensure accurate serialization. The station handles a wide range of carton sizes in one compact unit that can be installed quickly on any table.
More at Pharmaceutical Packaging

Scientists explore 3D printing with reactive matter
Reactive composite materials are everywhere, from the life-saving air bags to dazzling pyrotechnics in fireworks. But one of the main drawbacks to using these materials has been the unpredictability of their reactions. Scientists and engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Harvard University have now been able to show that 3D printing can be used to change the dynamic behavior of materials.
More at Phys.org

How an understanding of science can improve the printing process
Pigment features, ink chemistry, substrate characteristics – all these factors, and many more, can influence the outcome of a printing process. In troubleshooting, an understanding of some of the science involved can go a long way towards figuring out why a result was either faulty or exceptional. And article on FESPA explains how some scientific principles can help.
More at FESPA

New on the drupa blog: Personalized airline print magazine
The passengers of a TAM airline flight from Milan to Sao Paulo were in for a surprise. On each seat, there was an onboard magazine featuring a picture of the passenger assigned to the specific seat on the cover. The content was personalized with articles about each passenger’s hobbies, favorite destinations and friends – made possible with the help of Facebook.
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