Future Links February 26th 2015
Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers Amazon’s plans for mobile 3D printing hubs, 3D printed jet engines, Xerox’ innovative inkjet press, Agfa’s new wide format printers, Constantia’s recyclable labels for PET bottles, a close look at the benefits of forest certification and LightTouch’s new printing press that promises higher standards in sustainability.
Amazon considers mobile 3D printing hubs
For online retailer Amazon, efficiency is the name of the game. It is thus not surprising that the company filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which outlines a method of 3D printing on-demand within mobile manufacturing hubs. According to Amazon, such a setup could save the company time and money on several fronts.
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3D printed jet engines as proof-of-concept
They are not quite ready for takeoff, but 3D printed jet engines have made huge technological advances in the past months. The most recent example: Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne with help from the CSIRO and Deakin University have printed not one, but two metal jet engines. The prototype that was developed in partnership with the Monash’s commercial arm, Amaero Engineering, has already piqued the interest of international aerospace companies, such as Airbus, Raytheon and Boeing.
More at Mashable
Xerox presents first fully integrated roll-to-cut sheet inkjet press
The world’s only fully integrated roll-to-cut sheet, narrow web inkjet press is designed for print providers who produce 1.5 to 5 million impressions per month. Xerox hauls its Rialto 900 Inkjet Press as a disruptive technological innovation.
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Agfa is launching new wide format printers
Agfa is introducing two new for wide-format printing systems. The company will first present the Anapurna M2500i UV-curable inkjet print system and the Acorta automatic cutting and finishing plotter in May.
More at i-Grafix
Constantia debuts recyclable pressure sensitive label
Constantia Flexibles Labels Division has launched SpearRC, a pressure-sensitive label material designed for use with the 400 billion global PET bottles and to allow their recycling without the associated contamination as seen with traditional pressure-sensitive label materials. The label was developed in cooperation with the Association of Post-Consumer Plastics Recyclers (APR).
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Looking at the basics of forest certification
GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition is leading a project that brings together the forest products supply chain to find strategies to better understand the value of forest certification and the best strategies for delivering this value. Instead of comparing the benefits of different certification systems, the coalition looks at the goals and most important aspects of forest certification.
More at Packaging Digest
LightTouch press features waterless printing with instant drying
According to the LightTouch, the new press reaches new standards in sustainability. Developed by Seacourt, the LightTouch printing press is described as the only one in the world to combine waterless printing technology with instant drying powered by LEDs.
More at Packaging News