Future Links February 16th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a breakthrough in 3D printed body parts, strong growth in global pharmaceutical packaging equipment, 3D printed jet engine parts, nano-ink inspired by nature, Mattel’s 3D version of the classic ThingMaker, Xaar’s new products for UV applications and the ITC’s ruling on unfair trade practices in the paper industry.

Scientists succeed in implanting 3D printed body parts into animals
Bioprinting has been at the forefront of medical research in recent years. After a series of breakthroughs, the field has advanced even further to a point where custom-made replacement organs are no longer confined to the realm of science fiction. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre developed a new technique that 3D prints a tissue with micro-channels to allow nutrients to penetrate the tissue. The organs grew their own blood vessels and nerves after implantation.
More at BBC

Global packaging equipment market is expected to show strong growth
Increasing demand in the generics market, generics market, the rising need for novel and flexible packaging equipment, and stringent regulatory compliance and validation processes are the drivers behind the growth of the pharmaceutical packaging equipment market, according to a study by research and markets. The global packaging equipment market for pharmaceuticals is expected to reach 7.24 billion USD by 2020 from 5.18 billion USD in 2015.
More at PR Newswire

3D printed jet engine parts hit the spotlight at Singapore Airshow
3D printing promises massive weight reductions and cost savings for aircraft manufacturers. Companies like GE have invested heavily in the technology and are showing first results.  One example is the fuel nozzle in an aircraft engine, which consists of 18 different parts when manufactured with traditional methods. Now, however, GE Aviation plans to use 3D printing technology to manufacture it so that it is just one piece. A 3D-printed nozzle was one of many innovations showcased at the fourth Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum at the Singapore Airshow.
More at The Straits Times

Researchers develop non-toxic ink inspired by nature
When a team of researchers wanted to develop a non-toxic ink, they looked at how squids modify the nanostructure of their skin to mirror back their surrounding environment, creating a natural camouflage. Instead of relying on dyes, which usually put a strain on the environment, the team exploits the nanostructure of this ink to create color on a page with inkjet printing. The result of their work was published in ACS Nano.
More at Science2.0

Autodesk and Mattel release 3D printer for families
When Mattel introduced its first ‘do-it-yourself’ toymaker in the 1960s, it was a small sensation and probably the most coveted product on many kids’ wish lists – including mine. Now, Mattel partnered with Autodesk to reboot its classic ThingMaker product.  While in the 60s and 90s the ThingMaker was a desktop molding machine, the 21st century version is a desktop 3D printer.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Xaar expands product range for UV applications
Xaar has announced the launch of the Xaar 1002 GS40 print head for UV applications. The print head is well-suited for printing UV spot varnish for labels, packaging and graphics, as well as adding textured effects to wood laminate. According to Xaar, the new UV print head enables customers to create a wide range of effects that typically require other techniques such as embossing. Textured labels and packaging are becoming more prevalent in luxury products within the food and beverage sectors including high end spirits and wines.
More at Graphic Repro Online