Future Links February 9th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers 3D printed life-like tissue for drug screening, a 3D printed interactive map for the visually impaired, the role of new substrates in digital printing, the rise of textile customization, Bizerba’s acquisition of Mac & Label, key trends in beverage packaging and Cestrian’s big investment in EFI equipment.

Engineers 3D print a new life-like tissue for drug screening
Bioprinting is clearly a highly innovative field. A team led by engineers at the University of California at San Diego has 3D printed tissue that closely mimics the human liver’s structure and function. The new model could be used for patient-specific drug screening and disease modeling.
More at Medical Xpress

Interactive 3D printed map draws cities for the visually impaired
A 3D print head that reacts to voice commands to draw a raised map of a city is at the center of a new application called Homefinder. The application is part of a tactile display system developed by the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, that helps visually impaired people interact with maps, diagrams, and other spatial data.
More at 3D Print

New substrates give print products an edge
As digital inkjet printing is growing, the print industry has recognized the need for increased speed to market with promotional and packaging for short-run product initiatives. This has caused a change in paper manufacturing and shipments migrating from traditional offset stocks to inkjet grades. A meeting of the Digital Imaging Association on February 17, 2016 will discuss how this will impact the industry, among other topics.
More at Graphic Arts

Textile customization drives growth in dye sublimation
The textile industry is changing and one of the engines behind the change is the increasing demand for rapid customization to create unique clothing or household products. A new Smithers Pira report says that an estimated total of around 384 million square meters of fabric were printed digitally via dye sublimation in 2015, having grown by just under 18.4 % in the past year. This is set to rise to 892 million square meters in 2021.
More at Smithers Pira

Bizerba acquires Italian company Mac & Label
German company Bizerba, a supplier of weighing, cutting and labeling technology solutions, takes over the Italian company Mac & Label. This acquisition expands the company’s range of goods on offer with integrated applicator and fitting label solutions for the fruit and vegetable sector. The move fits in with the growing demand for individual labeling of fresh produce such as apples, kiwis or tomatoes. In particular, consumers are expecting information on the origin of each product.
More at Narrow Web Tech

Key trends in beverage packaging
Packaging innovations have become increasingly important for beverage companies looking for new ways to meet consumers’ changing demands and entice them to buy. Trends include smaller packages, transparent packaging, and packaging that is sensitive to its impact on the environment, using plant-based, recycled and renewable materials.
More at Food Dive

Cestrian invests big in EFI equipment
Cestrian Imaging is among the first in the world to purchase an EFI Vutek HSr Pro, a roll-to-roll inkjet press, which it bought alongside the Vutek HS100 Pro hybrid roll/flatbed press. This new investment is the next step in what has been a three-year journey to boosting the firm’s portfolio and expanding its capacity, with around 2 million British Pounds spent on the latest printing technology in that period.
More at Print Monthly