Future Links February 25th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers opportunities for CIOs in 3D printing, Ikea’s plans for mushroom-derived packaging, Boeing’s patented process for 3d printing floating objects, how to take advantage of the unboxing trend, Ultrachem’s new products, invisible inks to facilitate plastic recycling and new on the drupa blog: Net-a-porter is a print magazine turned shopping mall.

How CIOs can use 3D printing to explore opportunities
In many enterprises, 3D printing is seen as a design or prototyping tool. But with the advancement of the technology come new opportunities for the whole enterprise as well as challenges regarding security and intellectual property protection. The whole business can benefit if CIOs get involved early and see 3D printing as a critical strategic tool for the whole company.
More at Tech Target

Ikea plans to use mushroom-derived packaging
Ikea has been successful as an innovative seller of self-assembly furniture. Now, the company is taking steps to reduce the waste created by its packaging. The company plans to use biodegradable fungus-based packaging in a bid to go eco-friendly and replace polystyrene. The packaging is made by a U.S.-based firm called Ecovative that grows mycelium around clean agricultural waste.
More at International Business Times

Boeing patents 3D printing process for objects floating in space
Aerospace giant Boeing has patented a process for 3D printing objects while floating in space. Using multiple 3D printers and diamagnetic printing materials, the system would be able to rotate a levitating print about every axis and deposit layers from all directions. The method could bring a host of advantages. A floating 3D print would, for example, eliminate the need for support structures.
More at 3ders

How the unboxing trend affects packaging design and materials
The unboxing trend is catching on like fire: Tens of thousands of videos show online how consumers interact with e-commerce packaging. This presents an opportunity to strengthen one’s brand image by adorning the boxes with custom print designs or by using sustainable packaging materials.
More at Packaging Digest

Ultrachem presents new products at drupa
Ultrachem one of the UK’s largest independent manufacturers and suppliers of coatings and press room consumables, will be exhibiting its latest portfolio of products at drupa 2016. The range includes new water-based flexo inks, UV and conventional inks, among others.
More at Ink World

Invisible inks on labels facilitates plastic recycling
A consortium, which includes CCL Label and Mirage Inks, has won recognition ­and funding ­from the British government’s innovation agency Innovate UK. The consortium’s project focuses on identifying new luminescent materials, which can be applied, invisibly, to labels on plastic packaging. The labels are designed to help recognize the plastic quality and category for easier sorting during the recycling process.
More at Labels & Labeling

New on the drupa blog: Print magazine turned shopping mall
Net-a-porter is an e-commerce powerhouse that publishes the fashion magazine Porter aimed at a young audience, the so-called digital generation. So why would any company take the risk and try to capture the attention of the young minds with a print magazine? The simple answer: Because it works. Net-a-porter has shown that circulation for print magazines can rise if publishers are innovative with their products.
More at drupa