Future Links May 19th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers a life-saving 3D printed biomedical splint, Gogoprint’s plans for Southeast Asia, how technology turns customers into competitors, Hugo Beck’s post-print processing at drupa 2016, Moo’s investment into Heidelberg equipment, Eagle System’s cold foil process and new on the drupa blog: Packaging design software aims to reduce prototyping.

3D printed biomedical splint saves lives
Children born with weak cartilage in the walls of the bronchial tubes are in serious risk of dying and often have to stay on a ventilator. Biomedical engineer Scott Hollister at the University of Michigan has now developed a 3D printed splint that could absorb into the body over time but could hold open airways in newborns for two to three years; enough time for the bronchial cartilage to reform into healthy airways. The splint was printed on an EOS 3D printer.
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Gogoprint wants to modernize online printing in Southeast Asia
Gogoprint, a company based in Thailand, wants to bring the benefits of the Internet to the printing industry in Southeast Asia. Gogoprint’s target customers are business users, rather than consumers, and for now it offers printing for paper-based products such as business cards, flyers and brochures, which are delivered 48 hours after order.
More at Tech Crunch

How technology turns customers into competitors
3D printing offers a host of advantages from cost and time savings to customization. As an increasing number of companies are investing into 3D printers, some suppliers of replacement parts could face a new reality. Their former customers may have started producing the parts themselves at a lower price and with increased speed.
More at Entrepreneur

Hugo Beck shows fully automated post-print processing at drupa 2016
Hugo Beck, a leading manufacturer of flowpack, film packaging, and post-print processing systems, introduces its automated high-speed robotic product infeed system, coupled with film packaging applications for the print and paper industry. The new system will be shown for the first time at drupa 2016. Hugo Beck rounds off its trade fair package with the powerful mailline suction belt system, designed for processing mailings efficiently, and the entry-level flexo X shrink-packaging solution.
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Moo Print invests in second Heidelberg machine in 18 months
Web to print producer Moo Print is taking its cutting to a new level, taking its second Polar 92 N Plus from Heidelberg UK in 18 months. The first replaced an office cutter and this time round it replaces a Perfecta. The company, part of a technology business, handles business cards, flyers and promotional material.
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Eagle Systems presents cold foil on uncoated paper
Eagle Systems will demonstrate the first system capable of applying cold foil finishing to uncoated papers at drupa 2016. The new process makes sheet-fed cold foiling on uncoated stock ‘a reality’. Under development for more than six years as an R&D project, drupa 2016 will mark the first time a viable, sellable option, with 100 % coverage capabilities, will be available to the marketplace. At the show, proprietary samples will be distributed.
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New on the drupa blog: Software aims to reduce packaging prototyping
Designing and creating effective packaging solutions is usually a fairly fragmented process with different kinds of software being used at different stages from creation to production. This can lead to inefficiencies and unnecessary costs. Often, design flaws only become obvious fairly late in the process. Software maker Creative Edge has now developed a solution that addresses these issues.
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