Future Links October 23rd 2014

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers adaptable materials for 3D printing, insights from the beauty industry, a library that will keep paper copies of patents, Saudi Arabia’s printing prowess, and a weight-loss challenges for plastic bottles.

Researchers look into new techniques for 3D printing
Researchers at New York University are exploring how microscopic molecules work with 3D printing processes to become “smart” materials. The scientists are looking for materials whose properties adapt to different substrates, temperatures and environmental factors and display different characteristics under different circumstances.
More at 3D Print

Insights from the beauty industry
Beautiful on the inside and on the outside is the credo of the cosmetics industry. No wonder packaging is so important. At Cosmopack in New York, insiders presented the latest trends in cosmetic packaging and branding strategies. The Dieline attended the event and brought back an article with key insights.
More at The Dieline

Library will keep paper copies of patents
Patent applications are usually filed on paper but in the digital age, there is a strong pull for the 84 Patent and Trademark Resource Centers throughout the U.S to go paperless. While the Linda Hall Library, one of those centers, is busy digitizing the patents stored on its shelf, it will also keep paper copies. This is done because digital formats have changed from floppy disks to DVD to high-performance hard drives and the cloud in quick succession, rendering the former formats useless.
More at The Kansas City Business Journal

Saudi Arabia is a printing powerhouse
An in-depth feature by FESPA looks at what makes Saudi Arabia’s printing industry so successful in the region. Saudi Arabia’s printing industry has yearly revenues of  more than 800 million USD with packing being the most successful sector in the industry, followed by commercial printing.
More at FESPA

Weight losses for plastic packaging not so simple anymore
In the past, plastic beverage bottles have shed an impressive amount of weight. Now, they have reached a point where innovative strategies are necessary to reduce the weight even further. The caps are one place where experts still see potential.
More at Plastics News