Future Links April 14th 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a 3D printed model of Oslo, Adobe’s 3D printing patent, an expected upswing in visual communications, DS Smith newest investment, a market report on European printing presses, Sun Chemical’s customer excellence award and media rumors about a take-over in the paper industry.

3D printing aids urban planners in Oslo
The idea was conceived in 2012 but it took until now to finalize the project: A 3D printed complex, small-scale model of the Norwegian city. The 3D printed model of Oslo, which covers an area of 34.8 kmwithin the city’s central area, is divided into 360 blocks and measures 7.6meters x 4.5meters.
More at 3D Print

Adobe files 3D print smoothing patent
The software maker Adobe has been active in the 3D printing field with several Photoshop add-ons and other software tools for a while. But it looks like the company is going to increase its engagement further: It filed a print smoothing patent that aims at creating smoother surfaces than many current techniques with multifilament printing.
More at 3ders

Visual communications market is expected to grow
The latest quarterly economic report from the International Sign Association suggests that the visual communications sector is set for growth over the next year, following generally strong performances in Q4 2014. The research suggests that wide-format print, digital signage and sign-making are all set to expand in 2015 despite a weak start to the year.
More at Output Magazine

DS Smith is first to use the HP T1100 Color Inkjet Web Press
DS Smith said it is making a big investment to deliver products faster, customize batches to support brand and marketing initiatives, deliver short and long print runs, and to ensure consistent print quality. The company will be the first to install the HP T1100 wide-web digital preprint engine for the corrugated packaging industry.
More at Print Week

New market research report covers EU printing presses
A new market report about the dynamic market for various printing presses has been published. It analyses trends and predicts major developments until 2020. It looks at key market players, export and import data and on technological developments, among others.
More at Research and Markets

Sun Chemical wins customer excellence award
For the second time in a row, Sun Chemical has been awarded the Customer Excellence Award at the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) Annual Print Awards 2015. The award honors companies that understand and respond to customers’ needs in an excellent fashion.
More at Packaging Europe

Media rumors: IP expected to launch Smurfit Kappa takeover bid
Unconfirmed media reports are stating that International Paper is planning a takeover bit for Smurfit Kappa exceeding 6 billion British Pounds. Analysts believe that a merger would make sense as both companies have complementary businesses.
More at Packaging News