Future Links October 9th 2014

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers shoe boxes with a message, Samsung’s cautious attitude toward 3D printing, a surfboard made of cardboard, trends in beer bottle design for 2015, a networking hub launched by Canon, Printr’s new and easy 3D printing platform and clamshells from recycled plastic.

Shoe boxes speak for themselves
Buying new running shoes is exciting but the packaging is often discarded without a second look. This may be changing as manufacturers are using environmentally friendly carton boxes to connect and communicate with their customers. The following article features some examples worthy of even the busiest runner’s attention.
More at Competitor 

Samsung approaches 3D printing with a cautious attitude
Samsung approaches the 3D printing market with a wait-and-see attitude. The company reportedly sees only limited potential in 3D printers for the home market and for industrial applications.
More at Engineering.com 

A surfboard made of cardboard hits the waves
Cardboard is not the first material that comes to mind when designing a surfboard. After all, carton is known to dissolve in water and lacks the stiffness and durability needed to play in the waves. A new surfboard with a carton core designed by Ernest Packaging Solutions and Signal Snowboards could change this perception.
More at Inhabitat 

Beer packaging gets creative
The times when beer bottles and cans looked essentially the same are over. Unique designs and understated labels are the order of the day. Deborah Finding and Chris Aukett of design research agency The Big Picture looked at the 6 trends in beer packaging design for 2015.
More at Creative bloq 

Canon launches business and networking hub
Canon has launched a subscription-based online hub, Canon Digital Dimensions, for its customers with the aim of helping its customers to grow their businesses. The portal combines business and technology advice with networking capabilities.
More at Print Week

Printr starts cloud-based 3D printing platform
Printr’s new Formide platform that will go online in November promises to make 3D printing as easy as ABC. It features a series of designs and applications that will enable users without much technical knowledge to get creative.
More at 3D Print

Clamshells from recycled plastic for organic food
The packaging company Sambrailo is introducing its new GoGreener! Clamshells at the PMA Fresh Summit. Made with 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET from clear and green beverage bottles, the packaging is specifically designed for organic berries on the market.
More at Produce News