Future Links May 3rd
Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Prodways’ fast photoactive 3D printer, Quality Tape and Label’s use of digital printing technology, Disney’s new 3D printing patent, the value of printed brochures in the hospitality industry, Forbes featuring a video in its print magazine, an EU project showing first prototypes for plant-based food packaging and new on the drupa blog: Debunking sustainable packaging myths.
Prodways shows fastest photoactive resin 3D print ever made
The race is on. 3D printer manufacturers compete for speed, accuracy and the ability to handle a variety of materials. French 3D printer manufacturer Prodways has now staked its claim for speed: The company released a video that shows what is likely to be the fastest photoactive resin 3D print ever made: a 4.15 minute 3D print of a high-resolution 8,5 centimeter tall Statue of Liberty.
More at 3D Print
Quality Tape and Label proves that digital is not only for short runs
Quality Tape and Label (QTL), a full-service label & packaging company, produces high quality pressure sensitive labels, tags, shrink sleeves, flexible packaging and folding cartons for its broad customer base. In the past eight years, QTL has continued to upgrade its digital production fleet and currently has two HP Indigo WS6800s in place with two Delta Modtech Spectrum converting systems. The company has run as much as 900,000 feet digitally in a single job and between the two HP Indigo WS6800s, it is generating more than 40 million impressions annually.
More at What They Think?
Disney files for patent to 3D print in almost instantaneous manner
The array of 3D printing patents that Disney filed recently is nothing short of impressive. Newest addition: A patent for a 3D printing technology that uses high-intensity light to harden photosensitive resin in a single process, removing the need for layer-by-layer printing. The patent describes a machine for printing in ‘a nearly instantaneous manner’.
More at Computerworld
Printed brochures are valued by hotel staff and guests
A recent survey shows that printed brochures have their place in the hospitality industry: The survey reveals an overwhelming majority of hotel front desk staff believe having brochure displays is the best way for them to help their guests and enhance the guest experience. Printed brochures and maps are the most popular choice for guests and concierge staff. Brochures are slightly favored (27 %), followed by maps (26 %) and then place-based guides (22 %).
More at Bentley
Forbes magazine prints ad with video player
Forbes is experimenting with a unique type of cross-platform ad execution: a video player in their print magazine. Select copies of Forbes annual ‘Game Changer’ issue will feature a video player insert sponsored by BAE Systems’ Applied Intelligence division. 5,000 targeted nonsubscribers that BAE identified as top customer prospects will receive copies with the video player embedded inside the print page. Americhip created the technology that allows the videos to play in print pages.
More at Mediapost
EU project for plant-based food packaging shows results
Four years ago, an EU project was launched with the aim of developing plant-based bioplastic packaging that not only extends the shelf life of foods, but also contains a sensor that notifies retailers and consumers of when the food inside is really no longer fit to eat. The first prototypes were now presented: The Portuguese-based company Logoplaste, in collaboration with SINTEF and other research partners, has developed a blow-moulded bottle, while the Greek project partner Argo has developed a pot designed to hold seafood such as crabs and prawns. Both types of container are covered with an oxygen-proof exterior coating developed by SINTEF.
More at Science Daily
New on the drupa blog: Sustainable packaging myths
Leyla Acaroglu is a leading sustainability strategist and an expert in life cycle and systems thinking in design, production and consumption. Her TED Talk has been watched by more than one million people. In this interview, she shares her insights about better ways to design packaging and about the most common sustainable packaging myths.
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