Future Links March 5th 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a 3D printing portal for CAD users, the first product jointly developed by HP and KBA, Sketchfab models on Facebook, Seiko’s environmentally sound SX ink, top awards for flexible packaging solutions and Rieke’s company-wide sustainability initiative.

Trace Parts allows manufacturers to print 3D models
Trace Part, a leading supplier of 3D digital content for engineering companies allows designers to validate their project parts with 3D printing. The company’s CAD portal is freely available to millions of CAD users worldwide, with hundreds of supplier catalogs and 100 million CAD models and product datasheets.
More at MCADCafe

HP and KBA present details about first jointly developed product
The two industry heavyweights HP and KBA announced to work together on strategic products last year. Now, their partnership has resulted in their first product announcement: The two companies plan to develop a high speed, high volume, 110-inch -wide (2.8 meter) simplex inkjet web press for pre-printing of corrugated top liner. It will enable corrugators to combine many individual jobs together on a roll or across rolls for short, mid or long runs.
More at Print Week 

Facebook now supports embedded Sketchfab models
3D printing is fostering collaboration all over the globe. As the world’s largest social network, Facebook now supports collaboration between people who want to print their 3D creations. Sketchfab models can now be embedded on Facebook pages by including a link to the Sketchfab player.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Seiko’s SX ink fulfills high environmental standard
Seiko’s SX eco-solvent ink, which is used in printers like the Seiko SII ColorPainter M-64s, has obtained the widely regarded Nordic Ecolabel environmental standard. The Nordic Ecolabel looks at the environmental footprint of the product.
More at i-Grafix

12 flexible packages win top awards
Flexible packaging solutions are constantly evolving and new functionalities are incorporated in intelligent packaging products. The Flexible Packaging Association honored the best products at their award ceremony and one of the judges provides a behind-the-scenes look.
More at Packaging Digest

Rieke launches sustainability initiative
The packaging company Rieke is embarking upon a company-wide major sustainability initiative. The initiative covers three main areas – the company’s manufacturing processes, product design and facilities – and involves close working partnerships with its customers and employees.
More at Packaging Europe