Future Links November 24th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers 3D printing as a thinking tool, the golden age of packaging design, 3D printed business cards, the benefits of flexible food packaging, Flint Group’s acquisition of Xeikon, Muller Martini’s touchless end-to-end workflow and Freshtime’s smart sensor platform.

3D printing as a thinking tool
An article in Wired shows how 3D printing can change the way professionals do their jobs. Case in point: A 3D printed brain replica that helps a doctor rehearse and plan complicated surgery before he actually performs it. The article argues that 3D printing will change the world of business as much as the inkjet printer did. To really take advantage of all the benefits 3D printing has to offer, the article claims, not only the technology but also our thinking has to evolve.
More at Wired

Designers believe the golden age of packaging design has begun
Packaging can make a product shine and emphasize all its great qualities. Graham Shearsby, foreman of the D&AD Awards 2016 Packaging Design Jury, says the need for creative packaging and the opportunities to create designs that really stand out are at their peak. He expects to see exceptional designs entered for the awards.
More at D&AD

3D printed business cards make memorable impression
What could be better than to demonstrate one’s knowledge of 3D printing technologies right from the start? 3D printed business cards can at least hint at one’s area of specialization and will be a conversation starter for sure. In a tutorial on the platform ‘Women in 3D Printing’, technical writer Jamie Kawahara explains each step involved in printing 3D business cards on a desktop 3D printer.
More at 3D Print

Flexible food packaging offers great opportunities
The South-African Mondi Ltd., one of the world’s 10 biggest packaging makers, sees some of its biggest growth opportunities in food pouches that preserve everyday items from pasta sauce to dog food. According to Mondi’s Chief Executive Officer David Hathorn, the greatest strengths of food pouches are the fact that they require fewer raw materials and keep food fresh for a longer period of time.
More at Bloomberg

Fling Group acquires Xeikon
The Flint Group has acquired digital print specialist Xeikon, which will become an important part of its new Digital Printing Solutions division. Xeikon designs, develops and delivers high-end digital color presses and consumables for the global commercial, document, label and packaging market segments. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
More at FESPA

Importance of end-to-end touchless workflow
Muller Martini will underline the major importance of intelligent connectivity and an end-to-end touchless workflow, at drupa 2016. The company summarizes its new products under the header Finishing 4.0. For Muller Martini, Finishing 4.0 means innovative solutions in the finishing of digital and offset printed products, smart automation and connectivity, maximum variability and flexibility of run sizes, sizes and content, and an end-to-end touchless workflow.
More at Graphic Repro Online

Freshtime sensor platform prevents tampering
Smart Labels are increasingly important to secure freshness of food products along the supply chain from producer to consumer. Infratab has now presented its sensor platform for perishables, Freshtime SPTM. This platform enables the secure coupling of tag data with PC and smartphone apps and cloud database and analytics, thereby guarding against counterfeiting and tampering.
More at Printed Electronics World