Future Links May 30th
Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers Fieldbit’s augmented reality solutions, a new magazine featuring web content, how lasers and inkjet printers enhance printed electronics, a 3D printing bus on tour in Germany, Komori’s partnership with Siegwerk, Flint’s use of DataLase Variprint and new on the drupa blog: Affordable ink that prints Braille on desktop printers.
Fieldbit uses augmented reality tools for printer maintenance
Modern printers are high-tech machines and as such, they require expert maintenance services. To reduce downtime, Fieldbit, an Israel-based technology company, announces the extension of services solution to the print industry. Now, print production equipment manufacturers can equip their field service engineers with an easy-to-use augmented reality (AR) tool, consisting of smart glasses, a smart phone, a web application and SaaS platform that enables hands-free real-time visual collaboration with remote experts on complex machinery fixes. Durst and Fujifilm are currently testing the system.
More at Benzinga
New magazine publishes ‘best of internet’ content
Many magazines see their content move to the web, but why not extend the flow of information from the web to print? Swipe, a new magazine, aims to do exactly that. Swipe curates articles and photos from online media partners and prints them as a news and lifestyle magazine. Swipe has over 70 partner sites and is also always on the lookout for new sites or blogs.
More at Mashable
Inkjet and lasers are enhancing printed electronics
Customizable, wearable electronics open the door to things like heart-monitoring t-shirts and health-tracking bracelets. But placing the needed wiring in a complex 3D architecture has been hard to do inexpensively. Existing approaches are limited by material requirements and, in the case of 3D writing, slow printing speeds. Recently, a research team at Harvard University developed a new method to rapidly 3D print free-standing, highly conductive, ductile metallic wires.
More at Ars Technica
Don’t miss the 3D printing bus!
Mobile print has a new meaning: The Aachen Center for 3D Printing has transformed an old Berlin city bus into the ‘FabBus’, a mobile 3D printing classroom containing eight workstations and 12 3D printers. The Center drives the FabBus to schools and businesses, allowing students and employees get hands-on 3D printing experience. This will give small businesses the opportunity to test the technology before making an investment.
More at 3ders
Komori forms partnership with Siegwerk
Japanese press manufacturer Komori has signed a manufacturing and supply agreement with German ink provider Siegwerk for high sensitive UV inks for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Under the agreement, Siegwerk and Komori will sell high sensitive UV inks under the brand name K-Supply, optimised for Komori’s H-UV system. Both companies are exhibiting at drupa 2016.
More at i-Grafix
Flint licenses DataLase Variprint technology
Flint Group is the first ink supplier to sign a licensing agreement with DataLase to incorporate Variprint in-line digital printing technology into its inks and coatings. DataLase technology uses patented laser reactive pigments that are incorporated into a coating. The coating is conventionally printed on to a product or package. When exposed to a laser, a color change reaction is generated. The DataLase solution enables high-speed, fast-turnaround printing, required for late stage customization and real-time marketing.
More at Labels & Labeling
New on the drupa blog: Affordable ink prints Braille on desktop printers
Not only are braille printers so expensive that most people can’t afford them, the heavy paper that is required often results in bulky documents and books, which is also less than ideal. Creative director at J. Walter Thomson in Bangkok Satit Jantawiwat wanted to find a way to solve these problems. He and his team started working on a Braille embosser for the home that wouldn’t cost a fortune.
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