Future Links January 28th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers Mimaki’s plans for the textile printing market, Kwambio’s 3D printing business model, Atta.45’s investment in Heidelberg equipment, special conductive inks for military equipment, GE joining the 3MF consortium, Domino’s new egg printing system and HP’s unique designs on Diet Coke bottles.

Mimaki seeks to expand market presence in textile printing
In an effort to expand its position in the textiles printing market, Mimaki plans to acquire Italian textile machine manufacturer La Meccanica Costruzione Tessili. The conclusion of the formal agreement is expected to take place by the beginning of March. Mimaki, which develops and manufactures industrial inkjet printers and distributes them throughout the world, said the acquisition would further expand its European textile and apparel market share.
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Kwambio 3D prints design pieces on demand
One problem that can plague online retailers despite the best of planning is excess inventory. The online design marketplace Fab.com, for example, had more than 1 million USD worth of inventory at the time of its demise. The new online marketplace Kwambio wants to avoid that and has developed a business model that could potentially transform online retailing. Instead of inventory, the start-up has a 3D printer.
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Swedish print shop Atta.45 invests in Heidelberg equipment
Atta.45 is one of the largest print shops in Sweden, employing a workforce of 115 and generating sales of over 22 million Euros in 2015. Magazines in shorts runs account for a third of its products, traditional commercial jobs such as flyers and brochures contribute 40 percent, annual reports 10 percent, and digital printing the rest. The company now made a major investment of 13 million Euros; the biggest part of the solution consisting of equipment, services, and consumables was installed by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.
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With special inks, antennas can be printed onto military equipment
Scientists at the Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute have developed printable inks for printing electromagnetic filters on a variety of surfaces, including military equipment like tanks, armored vehicles, and aircraft. The technology involves a ferroelectric nano-ink, a material whose properties can be tuned by an applied voltage, applied directly onto sheets or the surface of objects.
More at Popular Mechanics

GE Global Research joins 3D printing consortium
Last year, Microsoft launched the 3MF consortium, an industry group seeking to create a 3D file format with the potential to be universally used across both 3D printing platforms and 3D software. Now, GE joined the group, which will give it more power and gravitas across a variety of industries. GE is one of the largest multinational to embrace 3D printing as a means of manufacturing end parts.
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Domino launches new egg printing system
It may not be the most obvious printing application, but an important one nonetheless. Printing codes on eggs can be a challenge and Domino Printing Sciences has developed a new range of continuous inkjet printers, which can print high-contrast codes on brown and white eggs. Product marketing manager at Domino Greg Treanor says egg coding has become a booming print market driven by consumer demand for produce origin information and new legal requirements.
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HP and Diet Coke team up for unique packaging design
It’s the next step in personalization: Coca-Cola has partnered with HP to launch new unique package designs for Diet Coke’s latest ‘It’s Mine’ campaign. Starting February 1, Diet Coke will be available in millions of unique package designs in a 12-ounce glass contour bottle. Starting with 36 basic designs, HP’s software and the HP Indigo digital printing technology automatically create millions of new graphics.
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