Future Links October 30th 2014

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature HP’s plans for a 3D printer, EFI’s acquisition of ink technology, laser-printed living organisms, a growing market for flexible packaging in the Asia-Pacific region, Graphene batteries, a new glow-in-the dark label and Mirri’s fully recyclable metallized board.

HP promises faster 3D printer
After much anticipation, Hewlett-Packard finally unveiled its plans for entering the 3D printing space. The new 3D printer with the new Multi Jet Fusion technology will be able to print 10 times as fast as 3D printers currently on the market. If that claims still holds true in 2016 when the printer will be commercially available remains to be seen.
More at CNET

EFI acquires thermoforming ink technology
EFI is broadening its product portfolio and has acquired intellectual property assets for digital inkjet printing of thermoformed products from Polymeric Imaging, a specialist provider of UV and LED inks for industrial and graphic arts applications. EFI will use the technology to enhance its customers’ inkjet production capabilities.
More at What They Think

Laser printing process for plants and other organisms
It sounds a bit Frankenstein-ish: Just drag-and-drop the DNA-sequence of the organism you want to print into a file and send it to Cambrian genomics, a company that promises to print DNA that will – after a few additional steps – turn into a creature. So far, the process has been demonstrated with glowing plants, according to Cambrian genomics, but the company plans to expand it to other living organisms as well.
More at Wired

Asia-Pacific region has the fastest-growing flexible packaging demand
The demand for packaging is growing in the region and one of the strongest growth-drivers is China. AMI Consultant Charmaine Russell will be presenting her findings about market growth and dynamics at the second AMI conference on Specialty Packaging Films Asia 2015, taking place from 17-19 March 2015 at the Swissotel The Stamford in Singapore.
More at Packaging Europe

Graphene batteries could provide power for electric cars
3D printed graphene batteries provide an intriguing prospect for future electric car use and researchers are busy working on the new technology. However, so far, the batteries have nowhere near the size or power levels needed to power an electric car, so far, they resemble AA batteries.
More at Transportevoled

Glow-in-the-dark sleeve illuminates beverages at night
CCL Decorative Sleeves has developed an innovative sleeve to add some spark to beverages like white water, an energy drink with natural caffeine and electrolytes. The special ink is activated in the dark or after exposure to UV light to create a special effect.
More at Packaging Europe

Mirri introduces fully recyclable metalized board
The new product MirriEco Ag is intended to meet the requirements of retailers looking to limit their environmental impact by using eco-friendly materials. Mirri can be placed in recycling waste, with the metallic layer dispersed during the de-inking process.
More at Labels and Labeling