Future Links January 14th
Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers UPS’ view of 3D printing in the future of logistics, new file formats at Sculpteo, Qualvis’ production-wide use of low-migration inks, RMGT’s strong presence in the North American market, a new print magazine sales guarantee, packaging and value-added printing as drivers for global growth, 10 tips to reduce printing costs and new on the drupa blog: Unique magazine covers set the tone for luxurious and sensitive subjects
UPS sees 3D printing as part of the future of logistics
UPS is embracing 3D printing as part of the future of logistics. The company says its future will include light assembly and manufacturing and 3D printing will play an important role in that. UPS believes that customers will send designs that CloudDDM, a 3D printing service company in which UPS has invested, will print with their roughly 100 3D printers.
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Sculpteo now accepts more than 30 file formats for 3D printing
While there is a lot of 3D software on the market, many use their own proprietary file formats. This can be a challenge for printing platforms and they have put a lot of effort into making converting files into a standard STL file easier. Sculpteo now accepts more than 30 different file formats, including Catia, Solidworks, OpenSCAD und Rhino.
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Qualvis implements low-migration inks across its production
Qualvis Print & Packaging has fully switched to the use of 100 % low migration food safe inks in its production process. The UK packaging manufacturer is now using low migration inks from Hubergroup. The main driver for the move was to comply with the EU standard EC 1935/2004, as well as the Swiss ordinance for consumer goods (SR 817.023.21), and to minimize the customer’s risk of ink migration.
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RMGT extends strong presence in the U.S. market
Graphic Systems North America (GSNA), the authorized distributor for RMGT sheetfed offset presses in North America, announces plans to continue investment and growth that led to its strong accomplishments in 2015. Last year RMGT sold more than 30 presses, comprising more than 150 printing units, in the North American market.
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Industry association introduces ‘Print Magazine Sales Guarantee’
In a bold move, the trade group The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) has launched a program, called the Print Magazine Sales Guarantee. It promises that ad pages will achieve sales results for marketers and guarantees free ad space or refunds for qualified marketers if results are not achieved. The association said participants in the program will reach 75 % of magazine readers, and Time Inc., Conde Nast, Hearst and Meredith confirmed they are participating.
More at Ad Age
Packaging and value-added digital print are growth drivers
According to a new report by Smithers Pira, the global print market will continue to grow until 2020 through continuing product mix changes with a greater share of higher value products, particularly packaging. While packaging and labels are growing consistently, publication print volumes are declining. Overall Smithers Pira forecasts annual growth in the global print market of two percent per year to 2020.
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10 tips for new businesses that want to keep printing costs down
Printing costs can add up to significant amounts for small and mid-sized businesses. An article aimed at start-ups gives 10 tips on how to keep printing costs down. They include investing in specific printers for specific jobs and using high-yield cartridges.
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New on the drupa blog: Print covers communicate through touch
Unlike digital media, printed works can convey content through touch, also known as haptic communication. When people interact physically with printed pages, attributes like luxurious, delicate or innovative are easily transmitted. The Swiss folder manufacturer and paper converter KMC has worked with a number of magazines to create unique covers that not only feature high-quality looks but also communicate through touch.
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