Future Links June 25th 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature the world’s first 3D printed supercar, new technologies to improve printed electronics, the UK government’s investment in 3D printing, a collaboration between Suss MicroTec and Georgia Tech, Fimatec’s plans to print apartments, the rapidly growing EA toner market and Smurfit Kappa’s award-winning innovations.

World’s first 3D printed supercar unveiled
Divergent Microfactories is going to unveil a supercar that is built based on 3D printed parts that fit together like Lego parts. The car is very light and accelerates fast. According to Divergent Microfactories, it has one third of the emissions of an electric car and one fiftieth of the factory capital costs of other manufactured cars.
More at 3D Print

New technologies to improve the performance of printed electronics
The Center for Process Information (CPI) is partnering with industry leaders to develop novel cleaning technologies that improve the performance of printed electronics. The new cleaning processes are targeted to identify types and sources of debris, technologies to clean films, and thus, reduce failure rates and reprocessing costs.
More at EBN Online

UK government invests heavily in 3D printing
The UK government is making a strong push into developing 3D printing’s potential in aerospace by investing 158 million USD into a new research center in Coventry, as well as launching a competition, which provides funding for aerospace firms. The new research center will be used to develop 3D printed components for aircraft engines and landing gear, as well as automotive and medical devices.
More at International Business Times

Suss MicroTec and the Georgia Institute of Technology collaborate
Suss MicroTec, a global supplier of equipment and process solutions for the semiconductor industry, and the Georgia Institute of Technology are collaborating in nanotechnology, semiconductor and 3D packaging research.
More at AZO Nano

Fimatec plans to print modular apartment buildings
Finland’s Fimatec is developing a technology that will allow modular 3D printing of apartments and houses. The company’s process is complex, and concrete walls as well as reinforcement and insulation can be printed in a manufacturing facility. Eventually, Fimatec wants to print the buildings on site but further funding is needed to turn the project into a business.
More at 3D Print

EA toner market growth benefits Xerox
Inkjet ink and toner have both been growing markets but while the inkjet market has attracted more attention, the growth in the emulsion aggregate toner market has also been sizable. InfoTrends estimates that production digital color toner-based pages will grow at a 6.2 percent CAGR between 2013 and 2018, totaling 295 billion pages globally by 2018. To meet the market’s increasing demand, Xerox completed a nearly 35 million USD expansion project at its manufacturing facility in Webster, NY.
More at Ink World Magazine

Smurfit Kappa wins Nestle’s innovation award
Smurfit Kappa received the award for a series of innovations centered around their new global brand strategy ‘Open the future’. One innovative idea was the company’s global experience center, which harnesses local expertise to develop packaging solutions together with customers to maximize their business success.
More at Packaging Europe