Future Links January 29th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature 3D printed fish for bio-inspired design, Airwolf’s two-headed 3D printer, the importance of data services for print service providers, personalized carton packaging, Muller Martini’s modular design, Canon’s new generation of Océ Arizona UV flatbed printers and new on the drupa blog: drupa cube partners with The Medici Group to spur out of the box thinking.

Scientists use 3D printing for bio-inspired design
Using fish morphology as inspiration for new technology is a goal that could improve the design and function of many devices. To get there is not that easy, though. A first step is to understand the morphology of fish on a deep level. Adam Summers, professor of comparative biomechanics at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs, has scanned and uploaded dozens of fish to the Open Science Framework. With a digitized model and a 3D printer, scientists all over the world can now do more detailed research than previously possible without damaging important specimens.
More at Wired

Airwolf 3D unveils printer with two independent print heads
The California-based printer developer Airwolf 3D has just unveiled its next printer model, the AXIOM2. The printer has two independent print heads. This means the AXIOM 2 is able to 3D print two materials or two colors simultaneously, opening up the way for new material combinations such as polycarbonate and ABS hybrids.
More at 3ders

Data services are increasingly important for print service providers
According to a new InfoTrends study titled ‘Lead with Data: Follow with Print’, the success of direct mail campaigns hinges on the relevance and quality of the information provided to the customer. It is therefore important to educate print service providers about the importance of data services as a critical component of the print/marketing services providers’ overall business model.
More at Benzinga

Personalized carton packaging goes mainstream
Glossop Cartons, the UK’s leading manufacturer of carton board products, is about to launch its personalized packaging web-to-pack service. The new service will allow more control to adapt packaging with bespoke elements including graphics, images, copy and artwork, that are specific, targeted and memorable. Personalized packaging can deliver packaging in quantities from just one unit, to over a million. The service is powered by the Highcon Axis web-to-pack platform.
More at Packaging Europe

Muller Martini’s modular design offers flexibility
Due to their modular design, Muller Martini systems can be adapted to new market requirements at any time. A typical example is the CoLiner pre-gathering unit, which can be seamlessly docked onto the ProLiner newspaper inserting system if insert volumes increase.
More at Graphic Repro Online

Canon launches three new Océ Arizona UV flatbed printers
Canon is introducing the fourth generation of Océ Arizona UV flatbed printers. The Océ Arizona 1240, 1260 and 1280 models are aimed at the sign and display, specialty print, reprographics and photo lab sectors and print at up to 35sqm per hour in express mode. There are two bed sizes and an additional roll media option for flexible media up to 2.2 meters wide. The devices feature Océ VariaDot grayscale print quality, can use up to six colors and can also be equipped with white and varnish, with an added optional addition of light cyan and light magenta ink.
More at Print Week

New on the drupa blog: drupa cube partners with The Medici Group
Four months prior to the start of the trade show on 31st May, the programme for drupa cube is now largely set. The primary partner for development and delivery of innovative content for drupa cube 2016 is international Medici Group and its founder and CEO Frans Johansson.
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