Links November 13th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature possible legal issues with 3D printed drugs, employees’ desire for better mobile printing, how printing businesses can expand their offerings, a birth-control-pill packaging error that led to a lawsuit, 3D printing’s role in Africa’s economic development, coffee in recyclable pods and heat reactive ink on the cover of Computer Arts.

3D printed drugs could pose legal issues
In an interview with Bloomberg, attorneys said that the FDA’s approval of the first 3D-printed drug, Spritam, could lead to complicated product liability and intellectual property issues. Identifying who is considered the manufacturer for product liability purposes is one of the challenges the attorneys pointed out.
More at Bloomberg BNA

Employees desire better mobile device printing
While the workforce is increasingly review documents with their smartphones and tablets, there are still many instances when printed versions are needed. An article in Forbes emphasizes the demand for better integration of mobile devices into the corporate printing networks.
More at Forbes

Expanding service and product offerings provides opportunities
Print businesses vary in their attitudes toward the digital age. While some see risk and diminishing revenues, others see opportunity and adapt. There are many chances for print businesses to expand their service and product offerings in connection with the internet of things and high value print services.
More at IT Director

3D printing seen as vital for Africa’s economic development
Despite many promising 3D printing initiatives in Africa, experts believe the countries on the African continent would benefit vastly from further investments in 3D printing technology and education. The new technology will reverse outsourcing to a certain extend and won’t be an option for much longer to compete on the basis of lower labor costs.
More at 3D Print

Wolfgang Puck coffee with recyclable pods
Single-serving coffee pods are certainly popular but they have been criticized for their environmental impact. Wolfgang Puck is now taking a step toward greater sustainability by introducing recyclable single-serving coffee pods. The pods are designed for use with Keurig K-Cup coffee machines and are sold by the brand Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee.
More at Packaging Digest

Heat-reactive inks enlivens Computer Arts cover
Heat-reactive ink, which reveals hidden images when warmed, has been used to enhance the latest issue of Future Publishing’s graphic design magazine Computer Arts. Celloglas finished 12,426 copies of the cover, which were initially printed by West Midlands-based William Gibbons using Precision Special Gloss 250gsm stock. Celloglas then applied the heat-reactive ink on top of the printed sheets at its Leicester site using a screen press.
More at Print Week