Future Links April 15th 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers Amazon entering printed fashion market, Agfa launching new sign printers, the world’s first battery-powered 3D printed rocket, RockTenn setting world records with KBA, recycled plastic filament for 3D printing, China providing 3D printers to primary schools and Procter & Gamble’s recycling effort.

Amazon might enter 3D fashion market
“Super interesting, but not a threat” – that’s what Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said less than two years ago about 3D printing. But it appears that the executive team at Amazon has warmed to the new technologies over the past year. For example, the company has opened up an entire storefront for 3D printing. Now, some sources report Amazon has acquired Shoefitr, a company that utilizes 3D technology to aid online shoppers in finding the right fit for footwear online.
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Agfa launches new sign printers
Agfa has launched two new wide format inkjet printers designed for high-productivity and high quality output. The Tauro high-end hybrid UV inkjet press has 32 heads for six colours designed for high productivity printing on both rigid and flexible material. The other machine is the Jeti Mira, a six-colour plus white UV inkjet flatbed printer with optional varnish or primer.
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World’s first battery-powered 3D printed rocket unveiled
Previously thought of as merely a technology for prototyping, 3D printing has been making its way into the fabrication of end-use, functional components. For example, recently, Pratt & Whitney printed engine parts for Bombardier passenger aircraft. Now, rutherford3Today, Rocket Lab, has announced that its carbon-composite Electron Launch System has become the world’s first battery-powered rocket. The launch system features the electric Rutherford engine, which is the first oxygen/hydrocarbon engine to use 3D printing for all of its primary components.
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RockTenn sets printing world records with KBA
RockTenn’s Nicholasville folding carton team has set two world records by printing more than 9 million sheets in one month and by printing more than 357,000 sheets in one day. Both records were set on the KBA Rapida 164 64-inch seven-color plus coater press, which was installed in May 2014.
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Recycled plastic filament could new standard for 3D printing
It is estimated that by 2020, there will be more than 250 million pounds of plastic produced by 3D printers. But 3D printing is actually a sustainable solution as it has the ability to cut down the cost and material waste in many processes. However, when the printers are using fresh plastic, the progressive technology counteracts the good it could have done. That’s why the company Dimension Polymers developed the so-called “world’s first professionally recycled 3D printer filament” which is being presented at the 3D Printshow in New York.
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China provides 3D printers to primary schools
More and more governments are beginning to recognize the potential of 3D printing. Now, the Chinese government has revealed that within the next two years, most of the primary schools in China will be equipped with 3D printers. It is most likely that XYZ Printing will be providing a sizable proportion of the needed printers.
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Procter & Gamble joins recycling effort
The recycling of postconsumer plastic film surged by 116 million pounds, or 11%, in 2013 to reach a reported 1.14 billion pounds –the highest annual collection of plastic film so far. Now, Procter & Gamble Co. has joined the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG), a self-funded group that is driving growth in the recovery of flexible polyethylene film, wraps and bags. Founding members of the Flexible Film Recycling Group include Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Chevron Phillips, Berry Plastics, Wisconsin Film and Bag, Sealed Air Corporation, SC Johnson, Avangard and Trex.
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