Future Links August 27th 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature 3D printed microrobots, new materials in 3D printing, Ricoh’s mobile printing solution, NASA’s 3D printed rocket fuel pump, first signs of success in Heidelberg’s and Masterwork’s partnership, DG Press new ‘Flexo or Web Offset’ video, new directions in packaging materials and Lumejet’s reported financial difficulties.

Researchers 3D print fish-like microrobots
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego have developed a technology that could revolutionize medical applications. The 3D printing technology called ‘microscale continuous optical printing’ is able to print hundreds of microbots within seconds. In an experiment, the microfish successfully cleared toxins from a liquid. The researchers said that the microfish could also help encapsulate medicine and deliver it directly to drug targets in future.
More at NYC Today

Materials are the next big thing in 3D printing
While there have been remarkable advances in 3D printing in the past years and even months, experts believe 3D printing materials are an area in which we will see a lot of innovation in the near future. One promising new material is medical-grade filament.
More at ZDNet

Ricoh launches tool for mobile printing in organizations
Ricoh introduced a new solution that allows employees, partners and guest to print from their mobile devices. The solution is called HotSpot Express. It enables authorized mobile workers and guests to print content from their mobile device to any network printer through a mobile app, email, Web print portal or Windows application. Since HotSpot Express is an on-premise solution, print jobs never go beyond the firewall.
More at PR Newswire

NASA tests 3D printed rocket fuel pump
NASA is taking 3D printing to a whole new level. After successfully printing a wrench in space in late 2014, it has now tested a 3D printed rocket-fuel pump at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The pump, which was made of 45 percent fewer parts than a comparable pump, was exposed to the extreme heats found inside a rocket engine, which burns at temperatures greater than 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit (3,315 degrees Celsius).
More at Tech Radar

Heidelberg and Masterwork partnership with first successes
The strategic partnership between Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and Chinese manufacturer Masterwork Machinery Co. (MK) in the postpress sector for packaging printing has had a successful start. Heidelberg is using its global sales network to sell die-cutters and folder gluers produced by Masterwork and additional machines for packaging production. It is also providing service support. In just six months, over ten machines have been shipped to customers.
More at Graphic Repro Online

DG Press educates flexo printers about offset process
Because flexo printers are sometimes not familiar with the offset printing process, DG Press has released a new video explaining the offset printing process to flexographic printing companies. This is the third and final video in a series built around the slogan ‘Flexo or Web Offset’.
More at Labels & Labeling

New directions in packaging materials and design
A lot of creative ideas have invigorated the field of packaging design. New materials and uses make for interesting and engaging combinations. An article presents the most interesting ideas, including edible packaging, clever boxes and cellulose packaging.
More at Packaging Digest

Media report: Lumejet in administration
Lumejet was often seen as one of the most promising printing technology manufacturers in Great Britain. Lumejet, a crowdfunded business, develops photonic platform technology for inkless printing and patterning applications. Now the company is in administration due to undisclosed financial issues.
More at Print Week