Future Links July 30th 2015
Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature 3D printed sugar, KFC’s “Memories Bucket” printing photos, US Navy printing drones on the sea, paper industry’s comeback, printed solar cells and P&G’s environmental initiative.
Printed food is more than a gimmick as the acquisition of Sugar Labs by 3D Systems has shown. 3dChef remained the only independent firm for 3D printing sugar objects. Now, the company has joined the 3D Hubs distributed manufacturing network to offer sugar printing to the masses in Holland.
More at 3D Printing Industry
KFC’s “Memories Bucket” prints photos
Kentucky Fried Chicken is celebrating its 60th anniversary in Canada and for that created a limited “Memories Bucket” with a printer built into its base. It connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth to print out the memories you’ve made eating your dinner.
More at Gizmag
US Navy 3D prints drones on the sea
There have been different news of several governments adopting 3D printing for more efficient processes. Now, the US navy is testing the use of 3D printers right on their ships. They want to produce custom drones to use on specialized missions.
More at PC World
Paper industry plans comeback
For years, paper executives watched e-mail, digital calendars and paperless billing diminish business. But now, the industry is fighting back. Paper and packaging manufacturers have launched a multimillion dollar ad campaign to remind people how paper can solve problems and connect us in personal ways.
More at Washington Post
Printed solar cells
You might soon be able to generate electricity from your clothes. Another company partnership, Austrian crystalsol and CA-based Cambrios Technologies, announced that they successfully developed fully printed flexible solar cells using silver nanowires. The companies say the printed solar cells are thin, lightweight and flexible allowing our them to be integrated into building facades, chassis of vehicles as well as clothing and accessories for consumer applications.
More at Printed Eletronics World
P&G launches environmental initiative
Procter & Gamble Fabric Care announced a new environmental initiative to make 230 million bottles of flagship brands like Ariel, Dash, Lenor and Unstoppables out of recycled packaging. This marks the fourth environmental action in a period of eighteen months.
More at Packaging Strategies