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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. Even though the printer is technically a CNC laser cutter engraver, it fits right in with the maker culture that 3D printing helped unleash as it lets lets people use raw materials like leather, paper, plastic, fabric, or cardboard to make products with a push of a button.

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Direct product decoration, a growth market for industrial inkjet

Direct product decoration is one potential new market that will be a feature at drupa next year for brand owners to explore new opportunities. The technology is still really in its infancy, which means it can be difficult to get right, but it also means that there are a very wide range of possibilities to produce something new, attractive and exciting, while potentially saving significant costs.

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T-shirts printed with coffee ink

When most people spill coffee on their shirts, they see annoying stains. Alex White and John Mohr saw an opportunity. They embarked on a journey on which they not only figured out how to make textile ink from coffee grounds but also started a flourishing business.

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Printed electronics keep shirts cool – literally

Cranking up the heat or the air conditioner have been common responses to changes in temperature for decades. But what if the microclimate could be controlled at the individual level? What if clothing had the capacity to become automatically thinner or thicker if the surroundings heated up or cooled down? Researchers at UC San Diego are exploring how printed electronics could help achieve this.

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Read with your feet

Creating something truly new in the world of luxury magazines and advertising is certainly not an easy feat. Yet the French creative agency Being and the personal care brand Hansaplast have managed to do just that by turning assumptions about how magazines should be read on their head – or rather, on their feet.

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A true paper palace

Paper has many uses and one of the most elegant and sophisticated is shown by the art studio Wanda Barcelona. It created a magical paper palace for an exhibition celebrating the work of iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld. 40,000 pieces of paper cutouts were hung amidst the hand-chosen garments.

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German lingerie maker benefits from 3D printing

When thinking about the use of 3D printers in a manufacturing environment, the first company that comes to mind is probably an engineering firm rather than a producer of high-end lingerie and swimwear. An impression that Anita Dr. Helbig is about to correct. The company is using a 3D printer for tooling and prototyping and has realized considerable time and cost savings.

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