3D printing with recycled potato chip bags
Potato chip bags are made from a blend of polypropylene and polyethylene, which makes them difficult for conventional recycling programs to reuse. 3D Brooklyn has found a way to use the bags for 3D printing filament. It sources its chip bags from TerraCycle, a New Jersey-based recycling company, which melts the bags down and forms them into pellets.
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Tobacco companies continue to fight plain packaging in Britain
A six-day hearing in Britain about the UK’s decision to require plain packaging for cigarettes is likely to influence the developments in more than 20 countries. Apart from the UK and Australia, plain-packaging laws have been passed, but not yet implemented, in France, Hungary, Ireland, and Burkina Faso. A host of other governments are in the earlier stages of introducing similar rules.
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L&K Manufacturing started making 3D printed shoes
While many established companies have announced their plans to print 3D printed shoes to market in 2016, a 3D printing start-up in Maine has already begun to manufacture 3D printed shoes. And not only that: The company may also be making history as the first company to make a 3D printer specifically for fabricating shoes.
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These 3D printing trends will accelerate in 2016
In an expert interview, Tech Republic looks at the most important trends in 3D printing for 2016. They include metal 3D printing, 3D printed medical devices, price decreases in the consumer realm and quality increases in industrial 3D printing. Innovative start-ups that will be pushing the envelope next year include Carbon3D, MarkForge and Voxel8.
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Airbnb’s Pineapple magazine may partner with Hearst Corp.
When Airbnb launched its magazine Pineapple filled with user content last year, it attracted much attention ranging from wholehearted praise to skepticism. Now, Airbnb is rumored to be in talks with the publishing company Hearst Corp. according to the Wall Street Journal. The new magazine would look more like a traditional travel magazine with less user-generated content.
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Print plays an increasing role in a multi-channel world
Print’s role is evolving and many marketing experts predict that it will play a role as a crucial ingredient in a multi-channel mix. This is confirmed by a recent InfoTrend’s study titled ‘Direct Marketing Production Printing & Value-Added Services: A strategy for growth’. One finding from this study is that there is a resurgence in the use of print catalogs. They continue to be used by marketers to target many different consumer demographics.
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Managed print services (MPS) as strategic partners
As the MPS market gains maturity, organizations are moving beyond first generation engagements that focused mainly on printing and increasingly use MPS for information and document management, along with business process improvement. MPS providers are responding by extending their services beyond office printing to encompass the print room, business processes and the IT infrastructure.
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New on the drupa blog: Customized packaging for individualized cereal
When the three students created MyMuesli.com, an online shop for individualized cereal, it quickly became a much talked about phenomenon. Their customers can combine 80 ingredients and create 566 trillion different cereal mixes ranging from oats with raisins to coconut with goji berries. Now, they are offering customized cans that are printed right in the shop in one of their flagship stores in Heidelberg, Germany.
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