Future Links June 3rd 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers new 3D printed hydrogels, the benefits of ink density retrofits, Carbon 3D’s new director, Bobst’s first beta site installation of their new digital printing press, Prodways’ additional financing, Stratasys’ new EMEA president and Talking Print’s video brochures.

Researchers develop tough 3D printed hydrogels
Biocompatible hydrogels will play an important role in medicine in the future. The injectable materials may deliver drugs or cells into the body; serve as scaffolding for regenerating load-bearing tissues; they could also be used as tough but flexible actuators for future robots. Researchers have now found a way to make these tough biocompatible materials using a 3D printer.
More at R&D

Ink density retrofit boosts print quality
A case study shows how a leading printing company in Germany used an ink density retrofit from Manroland Web Systems. Druckhaus Haberbeck in Lage, Germany, retrofitted a ROTOMAN with the IDCm ink density control. In addition to print quality, the leading commercial printer appreciates the high process stability.
More at My Print Resource

Former Ford CEO joins Carbon 3D
One sure sign that the 3D printing industry is gaining traction is the fact that it attracts experienced business leaders from other industries. Case in point: Former Ford CEO Alan R. Mulally who also served as a director at Google has now signed on as a director at Carbon 3D.
More at 3D Print

Bobst announces first beta site installation
Bobst, one of the leading companies in the packaging industry, announced the first beta site installation of their digital printing press for corrugated board. The bobst digital printing press offers both personalization and speed, on short-run and high volume work.
More at What They Think

Prodways receives 10 million Euros from Fimalac Group
Prodways has made a name for itself in the European market as the producer of the ProMaker series of printers that serves a range of industries and bio-medical applications ranging from jewelry to dental. Prodways was acquired by Group Gorgé in 2013. Now, the French holding company Fimalac invested 10 million Euros in the 3D printing company.
More at 3D Print

Stratasys EMEA appoints new president
Andy Middleton has been promoted to president of Stratasys EMEA from his previous position as vice-president for the region, with Andreas Langfeld announced as the new general manager for MakerBot Europe. Before joining Stratasys, Middleton was vice-president of sales at HP.
More at Output Magazine

Talking Print presents video and print technology
The crossmedia provider Talking Print has introduced its video and print technology that allows agencies and marketing firms to produce customized video brochures. The brochures can be used for high-quality campaign and interactive illustrations.
More at Print Monthly