Future Links May 27th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Airbus’ 3D printing patent, Materialise’s partnership with Microsoft, Autodesk’s plans for seamless 3D printing software, Siegwerk’s inkjet inks for labels, Mitsubishi’s food packaging paper, Coveris’ aluminum-free pet food pouch and Agfa’s solutions at drupa’s touchpoint packaging.

Airbus files patent that could be used for 3D printed airplanes
Airbus published a patent application that could revolutionize large-scale manufacturing and even lead to the ability to 3D print entire airplanes. The process leverages how the freshly 3D printed items will respond to the internal stresses that occur while they are cooling. The proposed process would use selective laser sintering-like technologies to melt multiple materials together using powdered metals like titanium and aluminum.
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Materialise collaborates with Microsoft for 3D printing services
Materialise becomes the preferred 3D print supplier of Microsoft’s 3D printing applications, such as 3D Builder. Users of Microsoft 3D printing platform applications will be able to print their models directly through the cloud-based i.materialise platform. This online consumer 3D printing platform offers high-quality prints in 19 different materials and more than 100 color and finish combinations.
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Autodesk plans to bring intuitive 3D printing software to the market
Autodesk is one of the biggest names in Computer Aided Design and is heavily involved in the 3D printing revolution. The company plans to make the design and manufacturing process easy and intuitive by offering software that can be operated in an unbroken chain from design and simulation to machine control and sensing.
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Siegwerk starts offering inkjet inks
Siegwerk, the international printing ink manufacturer, is set to expand its product portfolio by offering UV inkjet inks for labels. At a later date, the company plans to add inkjet inks for packaging applications. To drive the portfolio expansion forward, Siegwerk has extended its research and development capabilities and has built a dedicated inkjet laboratory at its Technical Center in Annemasse, France.
More at Graphic Repro Online

Mitsubishi launches paper for food packaging
Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is moving into a new business area with the launch of its Barricote range of barrier papers for food packaging. The paper-based products are said to combine environmental sustainability with effective barrier protection against water, grease and mineral oil migration. Field tests on Barricote are currently being carried out with selected partners. The development is part of the Bielefeld, Germany-based company’s plan for innovation and investment, which has also seen it increase activities in research and development and implement new working methods and production processes.
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Coveris introduces aluminum-free flexible pouch
Coveris announced the launch of a new packaging solution without aluminum, designed for pet food. This technological innovation underlines Coveris’ commitment to provide effective, innovative and environmentally friendly solutions. The alu-free pouch is airtight and its capacity ranges from 100 grams to one kilogram.
More at Packaging Europe

Agfa shows smart solutions at drupa’s touchpoint packaging
Leveraging the convergence between its packaging and security printing activities, Agfa positions itself as a strategic partner for advanced packaging applications. It sees the touchpoint packaging at drupa 2016 as a suitable platform for a dialog with potential customers, hinging on three focus points: Arziro security software, silver-based conductive inks and color laser imaging technology.
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