Future Links December 4th 2014

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers the top ten 3D printing stories of the year, Heidelberg’s move to expand its printing chemicals portfolio, Finland’s record number of forest re-certifications, an increase in demand for carton in the U.S., a new look at nanographic printing technology, TetraPak’s new small packaging and Stratasys’ online 3D printing curriculum.

The top ten 3D printing stories of 2014
3D printing has made huge leaps forward this year – from the first 3D printed part in space to the first full-size car. Designboom presents a review of some of the 3D printing milestones reached in 2014.
More at Designboom

Heidelberg expands its printing chemicals portfolio
Heidelberg announced its acquisition of BluePrint Products NV, a printing chemical manufacturer based in Belgium. Heidelberg and BluePrint have worked closely together in the past so this move doesn’t come as a complete surprise. It secures expertise for Heidelberg in the key printing chemicals market sector.
More at Ink World Magazine

Finland seeks forest certification for the fourth time
Finland was one of the first countries to seek forest certification in 2000 under the PEFC standard, which is part of the world’s largest certification system. In 2005 and 2010, Finland successfully sought recertification and is now again asking its stakeholders to provide feedback on its compliance with PEFC’s international sustainability benchmarks.
More at FESPA

Carton demand in the U.S. expected to rise
While there is demand for less packaging for environmental reasons, this trend is in part offset by a heightened demand for value-added boxes such as the ones that feature high quality graphics or are constructed in display-ready form. Overall, corrugated and paperboard box demand in the U.S. is forecast to increase 2.6 percent per year to 39.4 billion USD in 2018, according to a new report from Freedonia Group.
More at Labels & Labeling

A look at new developments in nanographic printing technology
Printing technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace and new technologies bring about new opportunities. Nick Coombes, editor at NarrowWebTech, interviewed Gilad Tzori, Vice President of Product Strategy at Landa Digital Printing, about the latest developments in nanographic printing technology.
More at NarrowWebTech 

Good things may come in small packages
In many countries, the size of a typical family unit has decreased and the demand for bulk food with it. Smaller packages appeal to single people, newlyweds and small-sized families. Recognizing this trend, TetraPak has now introduced a 500 Milliliter version of its award-winning Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge family.
More at Packaging Europe 

Stratasys presents new 3D printing curriculum
“Make something that moves something” is the challenge that 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys has put before online students all over the world. It has released a free, downloadable, full-semester, 14 week course called “Introduction to 3D Printing: From Design to Fabrication”, which includes a guide, presentations, STL files of 3D models, and grading support.
More at 3D Print