Future Links September 25th 2014

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers Graphene 3D’s university collaboration, the future of package design, NanoSteel’s success in AM, Heidelberg’s new digital press for labels, CRON entering North American print market, Toyo Ink Group’s expansion and three making processes in one.

The future of package design
This time, The Dieline asked Mary Zalla about the future of packaging design as part of their interview series leading up to this years’s Dieline Summit in Paris from 16th to 17th. Zalla is Landor Associates’ global president of consumer brands and focuses on developing Landor’s consumer branding offer.
More at The Dieline

NanoSteel’s success in AM
The NanoSteel Company, a leader in nanostructured steel materials design, has expanded its engineered powders business into additive manufacturing. By leveraging its uniform metal matrix microstructures in the laser-sintering process, the company was able to build a crack-free, fully dense bulk sample, according to their own statement.
More at Power Engineering International

Heidelberg introduces new digital press for labels
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG has presented a new digital press for the growth market of digitally printed labels. Heidelberg and Gallus jointly developed the digital production system for industrial label printing, which is based on inkjet technology from Fujifilm, in less than one year.
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CRON enters North American print market
Hangzhou CRON, one of China’s largest CTP manufacturer, announced its entry into the North American graphic communications market by forming a joint venture company with ECRM Imaging Systems, a leader in imaging technologies for the graphic communications industry. Cary Sherburne also wrote a comment on it.
More at What They Think

Toyo Ink Group expanding
The Toyo Ink Group continues to expand its manufacturing foothold in India. Recently, the company opened its second production site in the countryin Gujarat in Western India to satisfy demand in the rapidly growing printing market in India.
More at Packaging South Asia 

Three making processes in one
There have been a number of machines released over the past few years that combine 3D printing with CNC milling and other automated making processes. Now, Luinar has taken the TriBOT machine to Kickstarter claiming it is the first machine to ‘Print, Mill & Mold,’ offering 3D printing, CNC milling and auto-injection molding.
More at 3D printing Industry