Future Links June 26th 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers ColorFABB’s new filament with carbon fibers, organic 3D printed jewelry designs, the uses of print advertising in India, a printing business’ success after investing in digital presses, the collaboration between AstroPrint and the NIH, Epson’s additions to its Ecotank printer range and Tetra Paks new filling machine.

ColorFABB’s carbon filament ready for desktop printers
ColorFABB used a new material to make the functional mechanical parts of a racing bike on a commercially available 3D desktop computer. They used their XT-CF20 carbon filament, an Amphora 3D polymer with 20 percent carbon fibers made specifically for 3D printing.
More at 3D Print

Design studio Nervous System 3D prints intricate patterns
The design studio Nervous System looks to nature for its intricate pattern. The designs of the program called ‘floraform’ are used for organically looking jewelry. The pieces are printed using selective laser sintering.
More at Designboom

Expert shares his view on the uses of print in India
Ajay Kakar, CMO of Aditya Birla Group Financial Services and a jury member for the INK awards shared his thoughts on the ideal print campaign in an interview. He believes that print advertising is used tactically rather than for brand building and that the industry needs people who are deeply passionate about print.
More at Exchange4Media

Case study: Success comes after heavy investment in digital presses
Print specialist DMP is finding success through combining digital technology with traditional printing methods. Managing director Tony Kemp transformed his company’s fortunes after acquiring the traditional print business in 2011 and investing into digital technology, which allowed him to launch Hello Market in 2013, now a leading direct marketing tool for small and medium sized businesses and charities.
More at Keighley News

AstroPrint and the National Institutes of Health collaborate
AstroPrint, a 3D printing start-up in San Diego, and the NIH are working to make medical models not only accessible to a wider audience, but incredibly simple to create via 3D printing. The NIH 3D printing exchange that has several other partners from the medical field seeks to facilitate 3D printing for bioscientific research, education, and applications.
More at 3D Print

KBA China secures significant order in the flexo market
The Chinese market holds considerable growth potential for flexo printing compared to gravure that dominates today. Shanghai Zidan Food Packaging & Printing ordered an EVO XD CI flexo web press from KBA-Flexotecnica after an intensive selection process. This order gives KBA China a stronger foothold in the market.
More at Graphic Repro Online

Epson broadens Ecotank printer range
Epson has unveiled its latest Ecotank printers during a launch held at the Viaduct Sofitel in Auckland. Although the latest launch concentrated on the company’s range of home and office printers, the company has already similar systems in place in some of its larger commercial print solutions. It has a new range of high volume A4 and an A3+ color printer, which are equipped with a new patented ink delivery system called RIPS with large (Replaceable Ink Pack System).
More at i-Grafix

Tetra Pak launches new filling machine
Tetra Pak has launched a filling machine that uses electron beams, not hydrogen peroxide, to sterilize packaging material. The machine can run up to 40,000 portion packages every hour and will lower operational costs, improve environmental performance and increase production flexibility, according to Tetra Pak.
More at Packaging Europe