Future Links December 21st

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature 3D printing in Star Wars, Voxeljet’s new subsidiary in India, shoppers’ frustration with excess packaging, a 2.5 million grant to further develop metal 3D printing, packaging taking centerstage at drupa, Toyo Ink’s acquisition of DYO Printing Inks shares and Gala Graphics reshoring work from China.

How 3D printing helped Star Wars
Hollywood is embracing 3D printing. And it isn’t only props that are getting the 3D printing treatment; Hollywood costume designers have started to incorporate 3D printed features in many of the costumes that they’re designing. An article on 3D Print details which Star Wars costumes and props have been made with the help of 3D printing.
More at 3D Print

Voxeljet opens new subsidiary in India
The German industrial 3D printer manufacturer is expanding its presence in India. It has opened a new subsidiary in Pune, following a growing demand for its products in the country. The company also plans to establish a service center for the on-demand manufacture of 3D-printed molds within the next 18 months.
More at India Times

Shoppers are frustrated with excess packaging
Consumers care about packaging and want it to be economical. Wasteful packaging, on the other hand, can hurt a company’s reputation. Shoppers in the U.S. and Britain are complaining on Twitter about the excessive amounts of packaging that the online retailer Amazon uses for some goods. The excessive amount of packaging on display goes against the pledge Amazon made in 2008 when it promised to slash the amount of packaging it used.
More at Daily Mail

Colorado school of mines receives 2.5 million USD for metal 3D printing
The Colorado school of mines, an American university specializing in engineering and applied sciences, has received a 2.5 million USD grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development to further develop and refine the process of heavy metal additive manufacturing. The grant will fund the research lab’s startup costs and its first year of operation, which will focus on optimizing and understanding nickel and titanium 3D printed parts.
More at 3ders

Toyo Inks acquires shares of DYO Printing Inks
The Toyo Ink Group is focusing its efforts on expanding inks and coatings for the packaging market, including materials for food packages. The company has been accelerating global expansion through activities to expand its sales and profits in China and Southeast Asia. As part of its growth strategy, the company has been focusing on Turkey as a platform for building a business hub, and established a liaison office in 2014 and a sales company in January 2015. Now, it has signed an agreement to acquire 75 percent of outstanding shares of the Turkey-based ink company DYO Matbaa Mürekkepleri Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi (DYO Printing Inks).
More at Ink World Magazine

Gala Graphics is reshoring work from China
Gala Graphics, which prints textiles for sister company Gala Tents for marquees, flags, banners and wallpaper, believes UK manufacturing can compete with Chinese. The company is investing one million British Pounds on expansion and dye sub technology to reshore work from China to Yorkshire. Last year, the company had about half of their printing done in China.
More at Print Week