Future Links March 9th 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a series of 3D printing patents in the aerospace industry, the impact of falling fuel prices on packaging producers, a new printing method to aid nerve repair, packaging’s impact on the environment, a growing niche market for traditional printing methods and Krone’s acquisition of Schaefer GmbH.

3D printing patents in the aerospace industry soar
The number of patent applications related to 3D printing has risen sharply over the past decade by over 800 percent, while the number of granted patents has also risen substantially. The aerospace is especially active. Boeing, for example, recently filed a patent that could have major implications on the ways the company runs its operations.
More at 3D Print

The impact of falling fuel prices on the packaging industry
The packaging industry has watched decreasing fuel prices with interest over the past months, hoping that lower transportation costs could help make their businesses more profitable. Tim Fawkes of the 3T Group now discusses how the reduction in fuel prices will affect the transport costs in the packaging industry.
More at Packaging Europe

Scientist develop method to print conduits for nerve repair
When it comes to 3D printing in the medical field, smaller is usually better. Scientists have now developed a system to print channels to guide nerve repair in the peripheral nervous system through the use of a MicroStereolithography (MicroSLA or µSL) system.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Packaging is critical for the environment
Packaging serves many functions: Preserving and protecting a product, facilitating storage and shipment and communication the value and message of a brand to the consumer. However, after fulfilling these important tasks, packages often end up in landfills instead of being recycled. Some industries are showing effective ways to increase the recycling ratios.
More at FESPA

Traditional printing techniques find a growing niche market
Traditional techniques, such as screen-printing, relief printing and handcrafting are making somewhat of a comeback. Not suited for the mass market, they are finding a growing number of fans in niche markets. Companies like Keep Calm and Carry On are serving customers who are in favor of the retro look and techniques.
More at Output Magazine

Krones acquires Schaefer GmbH
Krones AG, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of beverage filling and packaging technology, has acquired the Schaefer Förderanlagen- und Maschinenbau GmbH. Both companies are based in Germany. Schaefer’s expertise and its patent portfolio will complement Krones’ own packaging technology.
More at Packaging Europe