Future Links May 15th 2015
Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers HP & Dremel partnership for end-to-end 3D solution, teapot set printed out of tea, print contributing to sector growth, CS Labels praising Xeikon Cheetah, advantages of peel-and-reseal labels, new 3D coloring technique for perfect patterns and printed temperature sensor for drugs.
HP & Dremel partner for end-to-end 3D solution
This is turning out to be the year that the 3D printing industry is overtaken by big name companies, such as Autodesk, HP, Microsoft and now Dremel. The latter and HP have announced a partnership that will bring HP to the 3D printing space sooner than expected. Users will be able to transfer 3D models designed on or scanned into Sprout, HP’s blended reality 3D scanning system, into the physical world using the Dremel 3D Idea Builder.
More at 3D Printing Industry
Teapot set printed out of tea
It seems that at some point, we will we able to print nearly every material. We have already seen 3D filament made from graphene, plastic waste and potatoes – and now even tea. Recently, the design and material science team at Emerging Objects used instant tea to print a Utah Teapot.
More at 3Ders
Print contributes to sector growth
The UK’s industrial output grew at its fastest rate for six months in March and print contributed to the growth. According to the Office for National Statistics, Printing And Reproduction Of Recorded Media showed monthly growth of 3.2 % in March compared to February and 0.5 % growth in Q1 2015.
More at Print Week
CS Labels praises Xeikon Cheetah
CS Labels was one of the first companies in the world to install a Xeikon Cheetah, which had been launched at Labelexpo Americas last year. Now, the company has reported a positive start with its latest press investment. It says the Cheetah is already printing label jobs nearly 60 % faster than before.
More at Labels and Labelling
Advantages of peel-and-reseal labels
‚Trendy‘ or ‚innovative‘ are not the first words that come to mind when thinking of peel-and-seal labels. But according to an article in Packaging Digest, that’s ok because unless the product is a phone you wear on your wrist or something similar, practical almost always trumps trendy in the long run. In fact, there are many reasons for manufacturers to take a fresh look at the benefits of those label solutions, for example the fact that it offers more space for regulatory fine print.
More at Packaging Digest
New 3D coloring technique for perfect patterns
Hydrographic printing looks a bit magical: A pattern is printed on a see-through film, placed on a tub of water and sprayed with a chemical. When you immerse a 3D printed object, it bonds with the film and comes back out covered in chosen colors. But so far, the system had lacked precision. Now, researchers from Zheijiang and Columbia University have developed a dip-kit that improves conventional hydrographics using a 3D vision system that maps the location of the object before immersion.
More at Engadget
Printed temperature sensor monitors drugs
Drug transports in remote areas are a special challenge because heat or cold can lower the efficiency of a drug. A new all-printed, hybrid temperature sensor could be the solution for simple and efficient monitoring of drugs in the future. Together with Doctors Without Borders, Acreo has developed a sensor system that can track if a package with sensitive drugs, such as vaccines, has been exposed to temperatures outside a predefined area and present the result on the integrated display.
More at Printed Electronics World