Future Links October 29th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers the drupa song 2016, market predictions for the different areas of 3D printing, packaging trends that will shape the future, how printing businesses can adapt to changing market conditions, Danwood and Kyocera’s 3D printer distribution partnership, the predicted growth in intelligent packaging, a project aimed at developing 3D printed rocket engine parts and new technologies for printing with conductive nano-inks.

drupa song 2016
As we have announced on Social Media: YES! There will be a drupa 2016 song for you to dance to every morning before the hustle and bustle starts.
The announcement on Facebook

5 packaging trends that are shaping the future
Millennials have their own taste when it comes to packaging: Fresh produce in smaller portions has greater appeal to them than larger packages meant for longer storage. Other trends that are increasingly important for packaging designers are the preference for transparent packaging and eco-friendly packaging materials.
More at Packaging World

How the advantages of print can help printers
Recent surveys have shown that many advertising buyers are aware of the advantages of print. A column on ‘What They Think?’ discusses how the perception can translate into positive business outcomes for printers and what printers can do to align their services more closely with the demands of today’s marketplace.
More at What They Think

Danwood and Kyocera partner for 3D printer distribution
Managed print services company The Danwood Group is tapping into the growing 3D printer market in a partnership with Kyocera Document Solutions UK. The deal will allow Kyocera exposure of the 3D Systems range to Danwood’s 13,000 clients across the UK. Kyocera has been distributing 3D Systems products since signing an agreement in March. Danwood will sell 3D Systems’ ProJet and CubePro ranges, primarily to three key sectors: education, design and property.
More at Print Week

Smart labels drive growth in intelligent packaging
Sensors and NFC labels are still novelties in the packaging of everyday items. This will change: According to market research by Freedonia, demand for active and intelligent packaging in the U.S. is forecast to expand 7.3 percent annually to four billion USD in 2019. The elimination of specialized electronic readers in favor of smartphones will allow smart labels to enter the mainstream. The growing demand for fresh food products with fewer additives as well as new legislation in the pharmaceutical sector are additional growth drivers.
More at Labels & Labeling

Engineers to print rocket engine components
A new initiative aims at bringing more 3D printed parts to aerospace missions: The College of Engineering and the US Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have embarked on a new initiative in additive manufacturing for the aerospace industry. Together with Aerojet Rocketdyne and the Air Force Research Laboratory, they will research and develop new methods to convert metal powder into liquid rocket engine components.
More at 3D fab + print

3D printed electronics advance as companies invent new technologies
There are two opposing trends in 3D printed structures: While some companies aim at manufacturing increasingly large structures with the help of 3D printers, others look at nano-scale configurations for 3D printed electronics and nanotechnology-based conductive inks. One company called Nano Dimensions is making headway in the field of nano 3D printing and has received notice of allowance for its utility patent application, related to a unique system for ink recycling and cooling of the printheads.
More at 3D Printing Industry