Future Links November 26th 2014

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers the first 3D printed part in space, FESPA’s Print Inspiration Rally, a new online platform for textile printing, system-agnostic managed print services, the rising demand for UV/EB technologies, an innovation software that helps packaging manufacturer to shorten its time to market.

Made in Space prints first part on the ISS
A few months ago, the Drupa Blog wrote about the company Made in Space and their efforts to take 3D printing into space. Now, the International Space Station’s 3D printer has produced its first part, ushering in what proponents hope will be a new age of off-Earth manufacturing.
More at Space.com

FESPA’s Print Inspiration Rally about to start
FESPA’s Print Inspiration Rally is an initiative to connect interior designers, architects and creative professionals with innovative examples of wide format print. Print Inspiration Rally’s first stop will be ESMA’s Printed Interior Decoration event, from November 26-27, 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. FESPA’s Print Inspiration Rally will then continue to tour various interior and creative events before its finale in Cologne, Germany for FESPA 2015, in May 2015.
More at Décor Directions

New online platform is akin to Instagram for textiles
Print All Over Me is a new online platform that allows anyone with an internet connection to upload digital designs and profit from the sale of those prints on apparel and home goods. The creator gets a cut of the profit, and collector gets an affordable, high-quality, custom-printed garment. The service attempts to close the gap between digital design and physical production.
More at Forbes

Managed print services don’t focus on a single vendor
Managed print services represent a big opportunity but not all offers suit the needs of all companies, especially if they operate in an environment with different printers from different vendors. PrinterLogic has created a technology to enable MSPs to provide the service without standardizing on a single printer manufacturer. The technology also protects against compliance risks posed by sensitive documents being forgotten at the printer.
More at MSP Mentor

Demand for UV/EB technologies rising
As the global need for ‘greener’ processes and products has risen, so too has the demand for ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technology. Ink World Magazine asked two leading ink suppliers, Toyo Ink and the Flint Group,  about the newest developments and technological advances.
More at Ink World Magazine

Treofan seeks shorter time to market with innovation software
The global demand for sustainable, intelligent solutions in the area of packaging is steadily increasing. To address this demand, BOPP film maker Treofan is implementing an integrated, software-based, global innovation management process, which is intended to allow it to bring innovations to market more quickly.
More at Labels and Labeling