Future Links June 1st 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers DARPA’s push for consistent quality in 3D printing, the future of bioplastics in consumer good packaging, a unique glass printing process, Stora Enso’s new partnership with NXP, a resource center for British industry associations, Innova film packaging’s new customer and Coveris’ acquisition of Elldex.

DARPA outlines best practices for 3D printing
The quality and characteristics of 3D printed products can vary, even if the same material such as aluminum was used on different printers. The U.S. Department of Defense’s advanced research agency (DARPA) aims to change that. It is starting an open manufacturing program to create comprehensive reference documentation for 3D printing.
More at Engadget

Bioplastic’s future in commodity packaging
With increased consumer awareness, several large consumer companies have started using bioplastics as packaging material for some of their products. While the interest in bioplastics is gaining momentum, the future of bioplastics in commodity packaging is still uncertain as long as the new materials don’t provide a clear functional advantage over petroleum-based packaging materials.
More at Packaging Digest

Unique glass printing company to help build Apple’s new headquarters
Dip-tech has mastered a unique process that embeds special digital ceramic inks the company has developed directly into the glass. The inks are made out of nanoparticles of glass and inorganic pigments. Apple announced it would use large glass panels with Dip-tech’s printing for its new headquarters.
More at Patently Apple

Stora Enso and NXP partner develop intelligent packaging
Stora Enso and semiconductor manufacturer NXP will cooperate on the development of intelligent packaging technologies that will focus on integrating RFID into packages for consumer engagement and supply chain purposes. The companies are also aiming at increasing brand protection and developing tamper evidence applications.
More at Labels & Labeling

New resource center for British industry associations
A new umbrella organization in Great Britain will share best practices, technical advice, training and underlying science, along with innovation development for products where printing plays an essential role in their manufacture. The new “International Centre for Manufacture by Printing” (icmPrint) will be a resource center for all commonly used printing processes and their associated technologies.
More at Narrow Web Tech

Innovia film supplies packaging for chocolate maker
Protection from mineral oil migration and barriers to water vapor, flavors and aromas are important considerations in confectionery packaging. The German chocolate manufacturer Halloren Schokoladenfabrik AG has chosen Innovia Films’ Propafilm RCU with the required characteristics as part of the packaging for its new collection of fine chocolates.
More at Packaging Europe

Coveris expands geographic reach through acquisition
Plastic packaging giant Coveris has acquired New Zealand-based flexible packaging company Elldex Packaging Solutions for an undisclosed sum. Elldex is a manufacturer and importer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) flexible plastic packaging, which offers extrusion, printing, lamination and converting services.
More at Print Week