Future Links January 25th
Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Carbon 3D’s partnership with Johnson & Johnson, the new ZYYX+, predictions for the global care packaging market, Nascent’s efforts to reduce e-waste, MacDonald’s and James Cropper’s recycling trial, the success of GPI’s innovation center and VTT’s new methods to produce printed electronics.
Carbon3D partners with Johnson & Johnson
The medical industry is getting serious about 3D printing. Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson announced that its Medical Devices & Diagnostics Global Services business is collaborating with start-up Carbon 3D to develop custom 3D printed surgical devices. This may come as a surprise to more established 3D printing firms Stratasys and 3D Systems, which have been targeting the fast-growing 3D printing segment of the medical industry as well.
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Magicfirm Europe releases the ZYYX+
When the Swedish company released the ZYYX+ in 2014, it attracted lots of attention because it came with a fan system that eliminated fumes from melting filament. The second generation of the 3D printer has now been released. It comes with several new features, many of them aimed at reducing vibration.
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Global care packaging market expected to grow
The global market for cosmetics, shampoo and other personal care items is expected to expand over the coming years. A new report by Zion Research says that the market is was valued at approximately 20.5 billion USD in 2014 and is expected to reach around 27 billion USD by 2020, growing at a CAGR of slightly over 4 % between 2015 and 2020.
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Nascent aims at reducing e-waste
The start-up Nascent has come up with a clever solution to reduce e-waste: a platform for the design and reuse of modular electronics within 3D printed cases, thus giving hardware a much longer shelf life. Nascent is envisioning a world in which we can order the hardware we want from a set of standardized modules and package it all into a 3D printed container. If a part wears out or users want an upgrade, they can replace or upgrade the modules.
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McDonald’s and James Cropper start recycling trial
Paper cups are notoriously difficult to recycle. But McDonald’s is tackling the challenge in the UK and is partnering with recycling specialist James Cropper to turn discarded paper cups into new paper products such as stationary and catalogues, among others. The reclaimed fiber facility at James Cropper, which was opened in 2013, uses a method which separates the paper from the plastic coating, and currently processes the equivalent of 10 million paper cups per week from the off cuts of paper cup manufacturers.
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GPI calls innovation center a success
Graphic Packaging International has called its new global innovation center (GCI) a success. The center opened in July 2015. In this first six months of operation, GIC has hosted 50 customer visits, making the most of GPI’s design prototype service. To date, 30000 samples have been cut on GPI’s Zund plotters and more than 2500 color mock ups have been produced on the new Roland digital UV printer.
More at Packaging News
VTT takes flexible printable electronics a step further
The Finnish technology institute VTT has made further progress in developing flexible printed electronics. The Printed Into Products 2 project has resulted in methods that print conductors, circuit boards and sensors onto a film. A printable and modeled transistor was also developed with the roll-to-roll printing process during the project.
More at Printed Electronics World