Future Links January 13th 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers a new 3D printer that can print objects the size of a single cell, Marsala, the color of the year, the desire for a better flow of information between print buyers and the paper industry, Ultrachem’s new distribution of water-based flexo inks, Kodak’s reported search for acquisitions, KBA’s new Rotajet-L and a new, thin insulating packaging solution.

3D printer can print tiny objects the size of a single cells
Just as we have gotten used to plastic gadgets, some inventions are turning the whole field of 3D printing on its head. Old World Labs presented a 3D printer at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that uses tightly focused laser beams to draw on the surface of some liquid resin. The light hardens a layer of resin one ten-thousandth of a millimeter thick.
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Marsala is the color of the year
Marsala is the name of a town in Sicily and of a wine from this area. Now, it can add one more honor to its list of accolades: The color Marsala, a deep warm red-brown, has been named the color of the year by the Pantone Color Institute. Pantone chose this color because it is appealing and can be used in many areas of design and fashion.
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Better communication between print and paper industries desired
Professional print buyers would like to have a more open and comprehensive exchange of information with the paper industry. This is the result of a resent survey conducted by conducted by Margie Dana, a printing industry expert, and industry consultant and researcher John Zarwan. The paper called “Print Buyers & the Paper Industry: Who They Rely on, How They Source Paper, and Where They Get Their Information” involved nearly 200 professional print buyers across the country.
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Ultrachem now distributes water-based flexo inks
Ultrachem is partnering with Actega Colorchemie to offer its customers in the UK market water-based flexo inks. This move will will strengthen the existing cooperation between the two companies. Ultrachem will stock water-based inks for flexographic printing suitable for corrugated board, industrial paper packaging, flexible plastic packaging and foil-based materials.
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Press reports: Kodak is looking for acquisitions
According to media reports, Kodak is looking to expand its presence in the microdigital printing market and is also on the lookout for other new technologies. The reports said Kodak’s chief executive Jeff Clark has been visiting innovation centers in Israel to look at promising new technologies in software and technology.
More at Print Week

KBA presents new Rotajet L at Lucerne
KBA is showcasing its new RotaJET L digital press at the Hunkeler innovation days from 23 to 26 February in Lucerne. The modular RotaJET L platform is available in five different web widths from 895 to 1,300mm (35.2 – 51.1in) and can be upgraded to the maximum printing width and color content at a later date.
More at Packaging Europe

Packaging school meals can be rocket science
The company Enviro-Pod looked for packaging solutions that would insulate hot or cold food but would not be bulky or difficult to stack and handle. They found a unique material, developed from NASA technology, that reflects 95% of the radiant heat back to the produce. The packaging is now used for school lunches.
More at Packaging News