Future Links September 2nd 2014

Here’s our daily link collection with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature the world’s first rapid nanoscale 3D printer, an increase in the amount of recycled PET bottles in Europe, a critical look at CRM systems for printers, a new partnership between Smag and Spartanics, 3D printing for customized glasses and new packaging design trends.

Australian university houses first rapid nanoscale 3D printer
Melbourne’s RMIT University is becoming a pioneer in 3D printing and nanotechnology. The university launches a micro nano research facility that will house the world’s first nanoscale 3D printer. It also offers a unique 3D bioprinting master’s degree.
More at 3D Printing Industry 

More than 65 billion recycled PET bottles in Europe
In 2013, the recycling rate for PET bottles in Europe increased by 7 %, compared to 2012, making PET the most-recycled plastic in Europe. Around 56 % of PET containers in circulation were collected for reclamation or recycling. While this is encouraging, there is still room for improvement.
More at Packaging Europe 

A critical look at CRM systems for printers
As more customer interactions happen online, CRM systems should be a logical and valuable addition to any print MIS. However, there are several factors to consider so that the CRM software truly adds value and contributes to improved customer relationships.
More at What they think 

Smag and Spartanics join forces
Smag and Spartanics have entered into a partnership that will merge their core technologies to develop a digital converting system for the label market. The partnership will combine Spartanics’ laser cutting technology with Smag’s traditional roll-fed label converting system.
More at Labels & Labeling 

SpexyMe uses 3D printing to offer customized glasses
Finding a pair of perfectly fitting sunglasses can be a challenge. The Australian start-up SpexyMe is trying to help. Customers can take pictures of their faces with cameras on their computers or smartphones and select models that fit their faces. SpexyMe is in the crowdfunding stage and shows once more how 3D printing can take customization to the next level.
More at 3D Print 

Packaging design trends for 2014
Consumers are increasingly driven by environmental and health concerns. These trends influence their buying choices as well as the packaging material and design they find most appealing. Packaging Digest identified five emerging packaging trends for 2014.
More at Packaging Design