Future Links October 30th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature 3D printed hair, common mistakes when selling print on Twitter, a case study about Esko’s Automation Engine, predictions for the household care packaging market, the challenges in providing safe and sustainable healthcare packaging, HP’s thoughts on a sheetfed inkjet presses and new on the drupa blog: The packaging of tomorrow – experience the future now.

It’s finally possible to 3D print hair
It’s not necessarily what the world needs most, but the ability to 3D print hair is nonetheless noteworthy. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute have found a way to print hair in different lengths and strengths using an inexpensive FDM 3D printer and standard PLA filament. While the market for wigs may be limited, this technique could provide new ways to 3D print complete devices, make flexible joints, or even improve how electronics and wiring are produced.
More at Gizmodo

Common mistakes when selling print on Twitter
Increasingly, printing businesses are using Twitter as part of their marketing mix. While engaging on social media platforms is usually a good move, there are some pitfalls to avoid. Matthew Parker has put together ‘Ten Social Media Rules for Print Sales People’.
More at Printing Impressions

Case study: Esko Automation Engine reduces prepress errors
Esko reported that Summit Print Corporation, a digital label printer previously facing tedious and time consuming prepress issues, has reduced pre-production errors by more than 75 percent with the implementation of Automation Engine. The engine automates Summit Print’s prepress functions, which increases job output and decreases the possibility of mistakes.
More at Printing News

Household care packaging market is expected to grow
The market for laundry, dishwashing, and cleaning packaging is expected to grow according to a new study by Technavio. Technavio’s report, Household Care Packaging Market 2015-2019, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. Some examples of household care packaging products are cans, sachets, aerosols, bottles, blisters, bags, and jars and innovation in this area as well as a rise in disposable income will drive demand.
More at PR Newswire

The challenge of providing sustainable and safe healthcare packaging
There is a growing focus in the packaging industry on producing environmentally sustainable products. Increasingly, consumers and retailers are looking for eco-friendly items. Utilizing sustainable packaging can be a challenge for everyday packaging needs, but even more so in the pharmaceutical industry where government safety regulations and patient usability take precedence.
More at Healthcare Packaging

HP sees opportunity in sheetfed inkjet press
The market is still small but a buzz for sheetfed inkjet presses has developed as drupa 2016 draws closer. Now, HP is considering taking its inkjet know-how into the sheetfed printing space. At a briefing about the company’s PageWide inkjet technology, HP senior technical specialist Ross Allen said the firm “could be persuaded” to produce a sheetfed inkjet press.
More at Print Week

New on the drupa blog: Packaging touchpoint
One of the highlight topics at drupa 2016 will be packaging production. The Packaging Touchpoint gives companies from the packaging design and production sector the opportunity to present their innovative technologies, inspiring solutions and visionary concepts.
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