Future Links October 20th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature 3D printed antibacterial teeth, the role of the cloud in the printing industry, a new fast printing process for graphene, Heidelberg’s rapid response open house, 3D printing in the packaging industry, a 3D printed toxin-removing bikini and new on the drupa blog: an event addressing the future of packaging print materials.

3D printed antibacterial teeth to improve dental hygiene
3D printing has made inroads in the medical field. Now, scientists from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have shown how the technology can be useful in dentistry. They invented a type of 3D printed plastic that can kill 99% of bacteria that touches it, which could pave the way for a multitude of medical, dental, food hygiene and child safety applications.
More at International Business Times

The role of the cloud in the printing industry
An article on Printing News discusses the role and future of mobile and cloud computing in the print industry. Operating in a hybrid cloud environment allows organizations to transition applications into the cloud for increased flexibility, scalability, and reduced costs. But print service providers have been hesitant to move mission-critical functions and information such as customer data or job management tools to public cloud environments.
More at Printing News

Graphene printing process holds promise for electronics manufacturing
Graphene has been hailed as a miracle material because of its flexibility and conductivity but printing it on a larger scale has proved to be a challenge. Now, researchers at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with Cambridge-based technology company Novalia have developed a method that allows graphene and other electrically conducting materials to be added to conventional water-based inks and printed using typical commercial equipment.
More at The Engineer

Heidelberg holds rapid response open house
Heidelberg is set to hold an open house themed ‘Rapid Response’ in Heidelberg’s UK showroom in Brentford from 10am to 5pm on 18th and 19th November. The event aims to show printers how responsive its equipment is.
More at Print Week

3D printing in the packaging industry
What role can 3D printing play in the packaging industry? Packaging Digest interviewed 3D printing expert Paul Pavolich to get his perspective on the use of the technology. He believes that the packaging industry hasn’t embraced the full benefits of 3D printing technologies as much as other industries have.
More at Packaging Digest

A 3D printed bikini that cleans the ocean
This definitely sounds like science fiction: Scientists at UC Riverside have reportedly developed a 3D printed bikini that removes toxins from the ocean. The material from which the eco-conscious bathing suit is made is called Sponge. It is designed to clean up chemical and oil spills and to desalinate water. It is an extremely porous carbon material that soaks up toxins and repels water.
More at 3D Print

New on the drupa blog:The future of packaging print materials
On November 26th, 2015 a unique event in the center of the Euregio will take place, addressing the long-term future of packaging materials in general, including the inks used for packaging print.
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