Future Links May 8th 2015
Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers Toyota’s 3D printing pilot program, CloudDDM’s printing center, the pros and cons of DNA printing, the 10 000th book at a self-publishing library, the push for recyclable flexible packaging materials, concern over rising paper prices in the UK and Packaging Europe’s sustainability awards.
Toyota Japan allows people to 3D print customized parts
The automaker Toyota has just announced a small but groundbreaking project that could change the way auto manufacturers use 3D printing to engage with its customers. The Open Road Project in Tokyo, Japan, features the i-Road super-compact electric vehicle and lets drivers customize their vehicles with 3D printed parts.
More at 3D Print
CloudDDM and UPS work together for faster turnaround times
CloudDDM and UPS have set out to reduce the delivery time for certain prototypes and other 3D printed objects from one week to 24 hours. CloudDDM is currently operating 100 high-tech 3D printers running 24 hours, 7 days a week inside UPS’ worldwide supply chain solutions campus in Louisville, Kentucky.
More at Metal Miner
DNA printing has fans and critics
New methods that allow DNA to be printed have been praised by scientists for their potential to enhance research. Critics point out the downsides of making synthetic DNA. A company active in this field, Cambrian Genomics, chooses and prints a stretch of DNA by firing a computer-controlled laser beam at a glass tray holding millions of these tiny metal beads, each one coated with DNA.
More at NPR
10 000 books were printed at a library’s self-publishing center
The self-publishing center at the Windsor Public Library in Canada opened in 2012. When Leonard J. Fox printed his book To Save a Life: The Making of a Volunteer Ambulance Service on the library’s Xerox Espresso Book Machine, he learned that his book was the 10 000th printed on the machine.
More at CBC
Best flexible packaging materials will be recyclable
Industry experts assert that flexible plastics that offer a barrier against moisture and aroma will continue to be a huge selling point with brands because, even if kept in poor storage by retailers, the taste and smell of products are uncompromised. Developments in antimicrobial packaging also go a long way towards improving food safety and extending shelf life. But the next will be a push to improve the recyclability of flexible packing materials to turn them into real green alternatives.
More at Ink World Magazine
Rising paper prices cause concern in Great Britain
Sidney Bobb, chairman of the British Association for Print and Communication (BAPC), has moved to ease fears that an increase in paper prices could lead to an overall drop in print sales. Several companies have announced increasing prices. This comes at a time when industry sources have claimed the reason behind Paperlinx’ troubles was the firm’s commitment to keeping prices low and absorbing rise from suppliers. More at Print Monthly
Packaging Europe announced sustainability awards
Packaging Europe has opened the first annual edition of its Packaging Sustainability Awards for entries. The winners and shortlisted submissions across multiple categories will be announced in the July edition of Packaging Europe magazine.
More at Packaging Europe