Christiane Hermann

The Box: The Biggest 3D Printer in the World

Big, bigger, The Box! Within the 3D printing industry, experts experiment with extremes such as printing on a nano scale or aim for big solutions. Especially in industrial 3D printing manufacturers are in need of printers, which can print large parts e.g. for trucks. Most industrial 3D printers are already able to print metal or resin, but not accurate when it comes to printing with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling). But, in contrast to metal, FMD 3D printing can be scaled up to create big parts. This is what the Swedish startup BLB Industries uses in their The Box 3D printer – one of the biggest 3D printers in the world.

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When Air Pollution Becomes Ink

It is official: Delhi is the city with the world’s worst air pollution. More and more people using vehicles, the continuing growth of industrial areas and various other reasons lead to an increasing amount of smog released into the air. That is why Graviky Labs, a spin-off group of MIT Media Lab, launched Air-Ink last year. This invention converts exhausted gases into ink.

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Future Links CW 5: Printed Electronics Edition

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Printed electronics and functional printing are booming. This is why our weekly future links are all about current developments in this sector. We featured a new centre for printed electronics in Durham, a new 3D-printed series of multi-layered rigid PCBs with flexible conductive connectors, lightweight flexible solar modules and a review of flexible and printed electronics in 2016.

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Mimaki and the Future of Digital Textile Printing

Shorter runs, faster cycle times, more customized textile-based products for home and fast fashion – the textile market poses enormous requirements to its players, demanding big-scale printing solutions. With its newly launched Tiger-1800B direct-to-textile printer, printer-and-ink-company Mimaki reacts to these and foresees a bright future for digital textile printing.

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Inkjet Printers for the Food Industry

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The food industry presents some of the most demanding coding and marking challenges for food companies. During the printing process, which has to be efficient and reliable, codes on products do not only have to withstand extreme variations in temperatures. Color fastness, cleanliness and hygiene are also playing an important role when printing them. This is why the choice of the right coding system for labelling food products is essential.

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Future Links CW 4: 3D Printing Edition

Here comes a special edition of our weekly future links revolving around the most important news from the 3D printing industry. They feature 3D-printed phone cases working as cancer detectors, adidas' revolution of the shoe manufacturing sector, MIT's development of an undo function for 3D printing, and Titan Robotics’ new 5-print-head 3D printer.

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A ReMarkable Plan: Is This the New Paper?

Lately, digital drawing and sketching is booming. Where paper and pen are no longer in use, tablets such as Surface, Wacom or iPad and their styluses are taking over. In creating experiences as close to the real as possible, producers face not only a common goal but also a common difficulty. Now reMarkable, the self-named paper tablet, enters the market.

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Pioneers of Printing: Tolbert Lanston

Pioneer of Printing: Tolbert Lanston

After already presenting great pioneers of printing such as Johannes Gutenberg and Alois Senefelder in former blog posts, our series continues with another excellent inventor of our industry: Tolbert Lanston, who developed the Monotype Machine.

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Future Links CW 3: Multichannel Edition

When it comes to multichannel news, we could not get around featuring rumours about augmented reality glasses by Apple, Philips’ augmented-reality technology for the image-guided minimally-invasive surgery market , the Royal Shakespeare Company’s innovative approach to storytelling with virtual reality, Crown’s new microsite for designing metal packaging and the new omnichannel programmatic advertisting integration platform by Sharethrough and Adelphic.

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