Future Links August 26th 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers MIT’s Multifab 3D printer, the emotional appeal of successful packaging, Canon’s new mobile printing software, a James Dyson Award for a 3D printed prosthetic hand, the tangible allure of popular print magazines, t-shirt printing as an opportunity for wide-format printers and ecommerce’s role in the growth of the corrugated packaging market.

MIT’s Multifab 3D printer offers extraordinary features at low cost
Combining multiple colors and materials, MIT’s Multifab 3D printer has definitely pushed the envelope on what was considered the state of the art in 3D printing. The MultiFab prints 10 colors and can handle everything from lenses to fabrics to fiber optics bundles to complex meta-materials, with applications ranging from scientific to aesthetic. And it costs considerably less than printers with some comparable features on the market.
More at Wired

The emotional draw of successful packaging
How do consumers know a product feels right? What makes them trust a brand as soon as they touch the package? How are emotions elicited via visual communication? Author Addison Duvall delves deep into the science and art of packaging design and shares her discoveries in an interesting article.
More at Speckyboy

Canon USA announces new mobile printing software
Canon USA is introducing new software that integrates its business mobile print and scan applications to help users streamline document workflow, increase productivity and maximize efficiency. The Canon PRINT Business application combines the current Canon Mobile Printing and Canon Mobile Scanning for Business applications into one product. It is designed for professionals who need to print various documents, presentations, web pages or images wirelessly from their compatible smartphones and tablets.
More at Business Wire

3D printed myoelectric hand wins James Dyson Award
Joel Gibbard, the young founder of a company called Open Bionics, has developed a 3D printed prosthetic hand. Gibbard’s hands use electronics and arrays of sensors to distinguish myoelectric signals from a wearer’s muscle movements. These sensors send signals back to the hand telling fingers to move on a voluntary basis. For his invention, Gibbard was now recognized with the James Dyson Award.
More at 3D Print

Print remains the dominant medium for magazines
Mobiles and tablets continue to play an increasingly important part in the readership of magazines, according to the latest findings from NRS PADD (July 2014 – June 2015). However, the survey shows that print remains the dominant medium for magazines. Hello!, Heat, National Geographic, Men’s Health and Empire all have a strong print following, with mobile and tablet readership adding less than 30 % to each of their audiences.
More at Mediatel

Desktop t-shirt printing could expand wide-format printers’ business
Wide-format printers have considerable expertise in textile printing, but unlike soft signage, garments have to feel as good as they look. So the printing is best done through either screen, which is better suited to longer runs, or dye sublimation, for shorter runs, according to an expert article on FESPA. A number of new desktop t-shirt printers that can also print on tote bags and other merchandise, can help businesses capitalize on this opportunity.
More at FESPA

E-commerce fuels boom in corrugated packaging
The corrugated packaging market is on a growth trajectory. One reason is the ongoing boom in e-commerce with its preference for recyclable and cost-efficient packaging material. A new study on the global corrugated packaging market by New York-based Persistence Market Research (PMR) forecasts 4 percent annual growth between 2014 and 2020.
More at Packaging News