Future Links January 6th
Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers the FDA’s ban on three chemicals in food packaging, Aerojet’s contract for 3D printed rocket engine components, tips on how to reduce printing costs, an analysis of Cimpress’ successful strategy, HP’s plans to move to digital in the packaging business, RepRapPro’s closure and new on the drupa blog: HP Brazil’s campaign helps find missing persons.
FDA bans three chemicals in food packaging
After years of advocacy from several petitioners, including the Environmental Working Group, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned three chemicals used in pizza boxes, popcorn bags, and other food packages. While the new regulation banning three types of perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, represented a success for the petitioners, it was also criticized for coming too late.
More at RT
Aerojet wins U.S. contract to set 3D printing standards
Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings said it has won a 6 million USD contract from the U.S. Air Force to define the standards that will be used to qualify components made using 3D printing for use in liquid-fueled rocket engine applications. Aerojet said it would draw upon its extensive experience with 3D printing to draw up the standards that would be used to qualify 3D printed rocket engine components for flight.
More at Reuters
Tips on how to reduce printing costs
Many enterprises say they are trying to reduce printing costs but print services have traditionally received little C-level attention and have rarely been the focus of concerted improvement efforts. Yet there are some steps businesses can take that will make an immediate impact on the bottom line by reducing printing costs and improving communication.
More at CIO Insight
Cimpress’ strategy shows how print can thrive in a digital world
Cimpress, the owner of Vistaprint and other print-on-demand services, has demonstrated that a well- executed print business model can bring success in the digital era. The company has identified market segments that are well suited for e-commerce such as the printing of business cards and continues to make other print services available through direct customer contact as well.
More at What They Think
HP plans to move quickly to digital in the packaging business
‘Run, don’t walk’ seems to be the motto for HP when it comes to digital. The corrugated packaging sector will go from web offset to digital ‘very quickly’, according to HP EMEA’s most senior Graphics Solutions Business executive, who spoke with Print Week on this matter. Packaging is a growth engine for HP and will be an area of increased focus in 2016.
More at Print Week
RepRapPro no longer produces 3D printers
It has been ten years since the original RepRap project was founded and now, RepRapPro announces the closure of its shop. The reason for this decision, the text on the RepRapPro website states, is that the market for low-cost 3D printers has become too crowded and competitive for their small company to expand. Adrian Bowyer, the founder of both RepRapPro and the global RepRap movement, is majorly responsible for the low-cost 3D printing revolution occurring worldwide.
More at 3D Printing Industry
New on the drupa blog: HP Brazil helps find missing persons
When a person goes missing, time becomes a highly critical factor. The sooner the information about a missing person can be disseminated, the higher are the chances the person can be found. The NGO Mães da Sé aims to provide assistance to affected families and to mothers in particular who have to cope with missing children. Now, the NGO receives help from HP Brazil through the Imprima para Ajudar (Print to help) campaign.
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