Future Link May 31st

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a grant for Heriot-Watt University to print smart rocks, strong growth expectations for managed print services, a competition to get a glimpse at the future of seafood packaging, KPMG’s report on 3D printing in manufacturing, the exiting opening of drupa 2016, Fujifilm’s comprehensive strategy and SIG Combibloc’s cartons with augmented reality.

University receives 3.3 m USD grant to 3D print smart rocks
A team of researchers has received a multi-million dollar grant to investigate how oil and gas extraction affect underground rocks. The team will use a 3D printing process to produce porous rocks with multiple embedded micro sensors. The 3D printed smart rocks will be capable of providing information on the subsurface conditions and environment at a microscopic level.
More at 3D Print

Managed print services forecast to experience strong growth
According to a new report published by Transparency Market Research, the market for managed print services (MPS) is expected to reach 94.97 billion USD in revenue by 2024, rising from 26.18 billion USD in 2015. The market is estimated to expand at a CAGR of 14.8 percent during the forecast period from 2016 to 2024. In a cost-sensitive environment, organizations are highly influenced by the cost benefits offered by MPS.
More at PR Newswire

Young helds competition to find the future of seafood packaging
Young’s Seafood wanted to find the best new, innovative packaging ideas that could transform the future of seafood. That is why Young’s invited five firms from among its packaging and ingredients suppliers to pitch an innovation or improvement concept directly to the Young’s board during the event. Each supplier was invited to create a pitch around a different theme such as ‘digital age’ or ‘freshness’ presented throughout the day. The invited firms were Ultimate Packaging, Jardox, Graphic Packaging International, FFP and DS Smith.
More at Undercurrent News

KPMG’s survey shows manufacturing businesses invest in 3D printing
According to KPMG International’s 2016 Global Manufacturing Outlook (GMO), 25 percent of manufacturers have already invested in 3D printing, with a further 31 percent certain to invest over the next two years. The report says that manufacturers are generally adopting aggressive strategies to achieve growth.
More at 3ders

Drupa 2016 opens its doors to the world today
The world’s biggest trade fair drupa opens its doors today, and promises to show printers the way forward as the global industry struggles to recalibrate itself. More than 300,000 printers will walk through the giant halls of the Dusseldorf Messe Centre over the next eleven days searching for answers, as the new digital world threatens to leave them behind, with drupa and the exhibitors claiming they will provide those answers.
More at i-Grafix

Fujifilm unveils comprehensive printing solutions at drupa 2016
Fujifilm Corporation announces a partnership with EPAC Technologies to create a true automated system to fulfill the demands of the printing industry. In addition to the three evolutionary dimensions of printing technologies, which include offset printing, digital printing, and 3D printing, Fujifilm’s strategy dubbed ‘5D Printing’ will create two new paradigms in the printing industry with Fujifilm’s ‘true’ offset quality in digital printing an, in partnership with EPAC Technologies, game-changing print automation.
More at Ink World Magazine

SIG Combibloc animates carton packaging with augmented reality
SIG Combibloc is partnering with Zappar, one of the world’s leading developers and providers of augmented reality (AR). The technology provides a bridge between physical objects and the digital world in real-time. The first SIG Combibloc carton packs with Zappar’s ‘zapcodes’ are already on sale in Brazil.
More at Packaging Europe