How speed and new 3D printing methods will impact manufacturing
New 3D printing methods exemplified by a high-speed sintering machine and continuous liquid interface production (CLIP) are believed to bring 3D printing a step closer to being used in manufacturing. Emerging tech like 4D printing, xerographic micro-assembly and bio-printing are already making headway in labs across the globe and will also influence the ways we think about mass production.
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The Paperboard Packaging Council has two new members
Caraustar and Ink Systems, Inc. joined Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), an association that focuses on knowledge-sharing, educational and publicity-generating programs. Caraustar’s folding carton division manufacturers packaging solutions for the confectionary, healthcare, dry and frozen foods, pet, and household product markets. Ink Systems provides custom-formulated offset and flexo inks and coatings, especially those that require specialty applications for the cosmetic, liquor, and pharmaceutical segments.
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Joimax receives FDA approval for 3D printed spinal implants
Receiving FDA approval is a big achievement for any maker of medical devices and recently, several patient-tailored implants were cleared by the FDA. Joimax is the newest addition to this group. The German maker of 3D printed spinal implants converts patient CT or MRI scans to 3D models to customize each implant.
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Xerox introduces iGen 5 Press
Xerox launched the new addition to the iGen family, the iGen 5 Press. The new press has a fifth color option, boost press uptime and offer multiple speed choices. Print providers can select the iGen 5 150 Press (150 ppm), iGen 5 120 Press (120 ppm) or iGen 5 90 Press (90 ppm), and with a new scalable architecture, upgrading from one speed to the next is simple.
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University of Louisville plans to open 3D training center in October
As the interest in 3D printing grows, the need for well-trained professionals is increasing. After the University of Chicago opened its Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, the University of Louisville in Kentucky is following suit. The UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center (AMCC) will open this October and will be a hub for students and professionals to gain training in 3D printing and advanced manufacturing for metals.
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Build-in magnifier improves readability of labels
Labels on food items but especially on pharmaceuticals contain highly significant information but many people have trouble reading the small fonts. Jim Rittenburg, co-founder of IC Optix, developed a label with an integrated magnifier that can be peeled off to enlarge the printed information.
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Magnetic graphic technology gains popularity
In Australia, magnetic graphic technology has found a following among retailers. The technology allows storeowners to quickly and cheaply switch their in-store advertising while making it look like a permanent sign, as it is attached to a wall using magnetic paint. The paint is first put onto the wall, then covered with a mid-layer that 20 types of printed media can be stuck to, including film and fabric. The media can be removed like taking a magnet off a fridge and replaced with a new one.
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