Future Links February 25th 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a start-up with high environmental goals, a panel discussion about the opportunities of personalization, Kodak’s new speedy black-and-white inkjet press, 3D System’s new medical printer, digital technologies for ceramic tile printing, ways in which the new Australian food label requirements will benefit printing businesses and Smurfit Kappa’s new solution to increase visibility on the shelves.

Start-up wants to improve environmental footprint
3D printing has been touted as an environmentally friendly technology but the jury is still out on whether it can live up to its promise. So far, at least for hobbyist 3D printers, most of the filament is still made of virgin plastic, according to the start-up Dimension Polymers. It aims at producing and distributing filament from recycled plastic.
More at CoExist

Kodak introduces fastest black-and-white inkjet press
It prints at record-breaking speed of up to 1000 fpm, according to Kodak’s announcement. The Kodak Prosper 1000 Plus Press uses Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology and features new enhancements to the transport and software capabilities.
More at What They Think

3D Systems releases new medical 3D printer
The opportunities in medical 3D printing have been widely discussed and thus, it comes at no surprise that 3D printer manufacturers are expanding their portfolios in this field. 3D Systems just announced the ProJet 3510 DPPro all-in-one medical 3D printer.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Digital technology finds new use in ceramic tile printing
Screen printing has long been used as the dominant process for ceramic tile printing. This is changing, however, as inkjet printing technology is explored as a new and flexible option to create decorative patterns and designs on tiles.
More at FESPA

New Australian food label law may benefit printers
Printing businesses have welcomed the proposed new food label law to be introduced in Australia. Printers have told writers at Labels & Labeling that the initiative augurs well for the label printing and converting industry in that new frozen food pack labels will have to be larger, more colorful and contain greater amounts of consumer information.
More at Labels & Labeling

Smurfit Kappa devises ways to increase visibility on store shelves
Smurfit Kappa, one of leading companies in paper-based packaging, has announced its latest solution, the Shelf-Facer, which will increase the visibility of goods on the shelf by up to 50%, according to the company. The solution is the result of in-store research and the work of several designers and packaging experts.
More at Packaging Europe