Future Links September 29th
Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers possible uses of 3D printing for the armed forces, Sheridan’s new print-on-demand feature, HP’s plans in India, EPSRC’s fellowships, Cellink’s partnership with RoosterBio, Konica Minolta’s steps into the industrial market, improved laser-codes for HDPE bottles and new on the drupa blog: Glowforge charms the maker market.
3D printed missiles could support Armed Forces
The military often looks at new technologies and their potential applications in the field and 3D printing is no exception. The official U.S. Defense Department Science Blog discusses how the MultiFab, a 3D printer developed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) could assist service members in the field.
More at Armed With Science
Sheridan offers self-service print-on-demand feature
Sheridan has expanded its print management software. The company has added a self‐service component granting publishers the ability to upload a book or journal title and place a print‐on‐demand (POD) order within a single transaction.
More at Printing Impressions
HP may open printer-manufacturing facility in India
India is a major market for HP and mobile printing a key technology. Referring to Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s Digital India Initiative, the company said it will focus on mobile printing and will explore the possibility of setting up a printer-manufacturing unit in India. HP currently has a research and development facility in India, but no manufacturing location.
More at Business Standard
EPSRC launches fellowships for biomaterials and AM
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has announced four fellowships to support senior researchers in areas of manufacturing and technological change. The fellowships cover additive manufacturing, biomaterials for personalized healthcare, analytical technologies in continuous manufacturing, and passive bio-sensing wireless tag technologies.
More at 3dfabprint
Cellink partners with stem-cell maker RoosterBio
Bioprinting is a fast developing area and the partnership between Cellink and RoosterBio could accelerate the development even further. The two companies will collaborate on producing and commercializing the industry’s first living cellular bioink kits. The living Cellular Bioink Kits contain highly standardized hMSCs and polymeric hydrogels, in ready-to-use formats, that are suitable for a variety of technical applications.
More at 3D Printing Industry
Konica Minolta enters industrial printing market
The new product is intended to give Konica Minolta a foothold in a new market: Konica Minolta has launched its first full-digital label press, which aims to fill the gap between entry-level and high-end digital label printing presses. In spring of 2016, Konica Minolta will present its first addition to its new industrial portfolio, the KM-1, a 4-color digital printing machine.
More at Labels & Labeling
Improved laser-codes for HDPE bottles
Coding information directly onto high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles has been difficult. Inkjet printing was the most common method, but some problems such as bleeding persisted. Laser engraving was generally not well-suited for HDPE bottles but the company DPSS Lasers came up with a solution that seems to work.
More at Packaging Digest
New on the drupa blog: Glowforge charms the maker market
Glowforge is already a phenomenon: Just four days after the Seattle-based start-up began taking preorders for its 3D laser printer online, the company’s revenue reached almost 3.5 million USD, about twice as much as the start-up expected to make in 30 days. Even though the printer is technically a CNC laser cutter engraver, it fits right in with the maker culture that 3D printing helped unleash.
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