Future Links February 26th
Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Stratasys’ presentation at a large healthcare conference, Changing Technologies’ wish to partner with Lego, TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Box, Fraunhofer’s new process for metal 3D screen printing, Heidelberg’s postpress range for drupa 2016, Xaar’s printheads for UV printing and paper-based sensors for environmental monitoring.
Stratasys to be featured in large Healthcare conference
It is the first time that 3D printing will be an official part of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the largest health IT conference in the U.S.. Stratasys will be presenting at the HIMSS in Las Vegas on February 29 to March 4, demonstrating how new technologies can shape the delivery of healthcare from patient education to the creation of prototypes of medical devices.
More at Business Wire
3D printing firm wants to team up with Lego for replacement parts
Models for 3D printed Lego replacement parts can be found on Thingiverse and other 3D design online market places yet most of them are not authorized by Lego. Changing Technologies sees a business opportunity in making the colorful plastic brick replacement parts and asked Lego for a license.
More at 3D Print
TerraCycle tests if customers are willing to pay for zero waste option
There are many recycling option for office and household waste but some don’t work as efficiently as intended. After a successful test in Canada, TerraCycle now launched the Zero Waste Box in the U.S. The box is designed for difficult-to-recycle packaging waste. With the Box, consumers get a far wider range of recycling solutions for packaging waste typically destined for landfill. TerraCycle partnered with Staples to see if the Zero Waste Box will be accepted by U.S. customers.
More at Packaging Digest
Fraunhofer presents new process for metal 3D screen printing
The Fraunhofer Institute is at the forefront of many technical developments, including 3D printing. At the Inside 3 Printing/METAV in Düsseldorf, Germany, the Institute presented a new process for high precision screen printing of metal parts. The process, which was developed in cooperation with Bauer Technologies, allows for mass production of small metallic parts with certain details that could not be produced by SLM or binder jetting powder bed technologies.
More at 3D Print
Heidelberg announces postpress range for drupa 2016
Postpress plays an important role in the value chain in print production. Heidelberg will be presenting the new models of the Stahlfolder TH/KH 82-P folding machines at drupa 2016. This series is aimed at industrialized commercial printers with peak performance machines from the Speedmaster XL series or bookbinders with an annual production of over 40 million sheets.
More at Graphic Repro Online
Xaar printhead expands UV options
Inkjet printhead maker Xaar has launched the Xaar 1002 GS40 for UV applications. Xaar says that the printhead, already working in the ceramics tile decoration industry, makes possible a range of high-build varnish and textured effects for labels, packaging, graphics, and wood laminate. According to the company, the printhead performs well with a wide range of ink types and viscosities and in varying ambient temperatures.
More at i-Grafix
Researchers develop paper sensors for environmental monitoring
Electrical engineers have developed a sensor called Paper Skin that performs as well as other artificial skin applications currently being developed while integrating multiple functions using cost-effective materials. The team used sticky note paper to detect humidity, sponges to detect pressure and aluminum foil to detect motion. Coloring a sticky note with an HB pencil allowed the paper to detect acidity levels, and aluminum foil and conductive silver ink were used to detect temperature differences. ‚
More at Printed Electronics World