Future Links July 2nd 2015
Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers T-Shirts printed with coffee ink, investment interest in printing industry, Start-up combining e-cigarettes and 3D printing, Navy going big on 3D printing, new Heidelberg brand identity, novel label with detachable parts and non-stick coating for product packaging.
T-Shirts printed with coffee ink
Even the smallest home coffee brewer invariably ends up with a lot of of leftover coffee grounds. No problem, used coffee grounds can be used for a variety of things. Eco-friendly printing company Domestic Stencilworks from California screen-prints t-shirts with ink made from coffee grounds.
More at Sprudge
Investment interest in printing industry
Like many other private equity concerns, Blackford Capital did not have any printing-related businesses in its portfolio. That is no longer the case. The company is among the growing number of firms that view the printing industry as a viable investment. Printers that serve growth industries such as health care, government and financial services are valued especially highly.
More at Printing Impressions
Start-up combines e-cigarettes and 3D printing
The e-cigarette has recently caused quite some controversy. Some see it as a product that could save millions of lives, while others fear it could suck a new generation into addiction. As a result, a movement has emerged that tries to remove e-cigarettes from its associations with tobacco. Rex Vapor is taking a new approach and started a crowdfunding campaign to set-up a 3D printed e-cigarette startup.
More at Forbes
Navy going big on 3D printing
Earlier this year, the navy had already entered an R&D agreement with 3D systems to integrate 3D printing into their operations. Now, the Office of Naval Research wants to meet with 200 industry representatives. Among other things, they will discuss the possibility to give ships at sea the capability of making parts as needed. The briefings will be unclassified, but industry reps taking part must be U.S. citizens, according to an announcement.
More at Defense Tech
New Heidelberg brand identity
Marking the start of the run-up to drupa, Heidelberg has unveiled a new brand identity. The branding shifts the emphasis away from the objective neutrality of the equipment to the role of the people involved. This means that the focus will be on the integrated end-to-end process and all the components required for this.
More at Heidelberg
Novel label with detachable parts
Reliable patient care depends upon clearly labeled medicine and comprehensive documentation of its administration. Now, Schreiner MediPharm has developed an innovative functional label with ten detachable parts for easy documentation and tracking of medications. The label is wrapped around the container and easy for the user to open and reseal again.
More at Packaging Europe
Non-stick coating for product packaging
Getting the last bit out of a bottle is a common annoyance for shoppers. Now, Norwegian Orkla is developing Mayonnaise that does not get stuck, making it the first food manufacturer to use the non-stick coating by US company Liquiglide. The coating is supposed to be completely harmless as it can be made entirely from food.
More at BBC