Future Links September 25th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers 4D printing market worth 537.8 m $ by 2025, Heidelberg marketing strategy proving successful, 3D printing helping getting rid of landmines in Cambodia, Epson expanding fine art portfolio, auto color management tools as the key to customer satisfaction, Nanyang Technological University leading the way for 3D printing.

4D printing market worth 537.8m $ by 2025
Yesterday, we reported researchers from Nottingham Trent University working on 4D printing for artificial muscles. But some companies are also already experimenting with this. For example, Airbus SAS is developing a technology to cool its jet engines using smart material that reacts to temperature. According to a new market research report, the total 4D market is expected to reach $537.8 Million by 2025. Key end-user industries of the market are aerospace, automotive, clothing, construction, defense & military, healthcare and utility.
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Heidelberg marketing strategy proves successful
Heidelberg’s strategy to provide integrated customer solutions through specialized 1:1 engagement has proven highly successful, says the company. As part of this strategy, Heidelberg has maintained trade show presence, but also hosted more intimate events at their Technology Center in Kennesaw and events at customer sites. Through this, over 80 new sheetfed units have been sold across all market segments in the last 6 weeks alone.
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3D printing helps getting rid of landmines
Every 20 minutes a landmine is detonated throughout 70 different countries and each month, over 1.200 people are wounded by accidentally triggering one. For nations like Cambodia, which alone has 6 million unexploded mines buried in the ground, dismantling them is a huge financial burden. For that reason, MIT professor J. Kim Vandiver partnered with Singapore University for Technology and Design to develop a new and cheaper way of creating demining training aids with 3D printing.
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Nanyang Technological University leading the way for 3D printing
Recently, Nanyang Technological University constructed a multimillion dollar additive manufacturing center and developed 3D printing driven start-ups. With these intitiatives, the institution is helping to make Singapore one of the 3D printing leaders in all of Asia as the last link shows. This week, the governement announced that the university will head the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster, a program to implement 3D printing technology into Singapore-based commercial businesses and start-up companies.
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Epson expands fine art portfolio
Epson has introduced four new SureColor SC-P printers for the professional photo, fine art, and proofing markets to strengthen its position in the competitive large-format inkjet market. The Epson SureColor SC-P9000 is suited to long print runs and delivers professional quality prints, says the company.
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Auto color management tools are the key to customer satisfaction
Color can sometimes seem intangible, although it is a crucial aspect of print production and a way to save a lot of money. But, there are some surprisingly down-to-earth things that companies can do to get in control of your color reproduction. One of the first things to do is to identify what the most common problems are and what can be done to address them. In this article, ProPrint provides tips how to do that.
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