Future Links August 21st 2015
Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Carbon3D’s new financing round led by Google Ventures, Epson’s partnership with inventors’ TV show, the ink industry’s billion dollar companies, a huge business opportunity for 3D printed pills, a new 3D glass printing platform, Roland DGA’s novel heat transfer media and Mark Andy’s commitment to waste reduction.
Carbon 3D raised 100 million USD in funding led round by Google
Google’s venture capital arm and other investors provided a total of 100 million in financing to 3D printing start-up Carbon 3D. The investment shows that Google is interested in 3D printing as a way to advance several of its initiatives, including its self-driving car.
More at Fortune
Epson partners with CNBC’s ‘Make me a millionaire inventor’
Starting a successful business has its challenges and the new CNBC primetime show ‘Make me a millionaire inventor’ intends to help entrepreneurs overcome them. Epson has announced its partnership with the TV series, providing technology solutions, including the Epson SureColor T-Series printers, Epson BrightLink Pro collaborative meeting room solutions and Epson EcoTank all-in-one color printers with large ink reservoirs.
More at What They Think
The ink industry’s billion dollar companies
Six printing ink manufacturers reported sales of more than 1 billion USD in 2014. Ink World Magazine presents the industry leaders in an online slideshow. Among them: Sun Chemical, the Flint Group and Siegwerk.
More at Ink World Magazine
Porous pills could be huge 3D printing business opportunity
Not long ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA approved the first 3D printed drug, an anti-epileptic seizure pill called Spritam. The company that developed the technology is Aprecia. Its ZipDose 3D printing technology builds on a concept developed by Michael Cima and his colleagues at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In an interview with Chemistry World, Cima said: “Arguably these dosage forms produced by Aprecia will soon be the largest volume mass-manufactured object made from these techniques.”
More at Chemistry World
Neri Oxman and MIT unveil 3D glass printing platform
Glass 3D printing has great potential not only for lamps and home décor but also for printing fiber optics cable. Neri Oxman and MIT have now unveiled a 3D glass printing platform called G3DP. The news comes after extruder manufacturer Micron 3DP has been experimenting with glass printing techniques.
More at 3D Printing Industry
Roland DGA presents new heat transfer media
Roland DGA has added a new heat transfer material HeatSoft Plus HTM3 and polyester transfer mask, PTM2, to its media offering. Designed for inkjet printing, HTM3 is made from polyurethane and compatible with eco-solvent printers. The heat transfer media can be applied to cotton, polyester and poly-blend, spandex and leather. The substrate is also certified under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and is suitable for use on products created for infants and children.
More at Output Magazine
Mark Andy turns waste into fuel
Mark Andy Inc., leading manufacturer of globally distributed label and package printing and converting machinery, has committed to reduce its carbon footprint by transforming waste disposal methods. The company has begun supplying a majority of its operational waste as raw material in the production of an alternative fuel source, ENVIRO-Fuelcubes, a green fossil fuel substitute produced by Materials Lifecycle Management Company (MLMC).
More at Packaging Europe