Researchers print broadband antenna
As the limitations of materials like ceramics, glass and metals begin to lift, more and more traditional manufacturing techniques might soon be replaced by faster 3D printing production – now even antennas. A recent paper by Dr. Jean-Marie introduces a revolutionary omni-directional radiation pattern device for mobile communications. The device is fabricated via Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, a durable plastic, and then a silver printing metallization layer is applied over the prototype.
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Printed ads better than TV
Print really isn’t dead, it seems. New US research found out that printed magazine ads are four times more cost-effective than TV commercials and twice as effective as mobile. This is based on a case study of a cross-media campaign by American telecom provider AT&T.
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NFC against global counterfeiting
Printed tags that communicate via NFC are becoming increasingly common and have the potential to replace or at least rival QR codes on products and in printed ads. But the technology can be used against counterfeiting as well. Thin Film Electronics ASA has announced that its products will be the first NFC-based solutions to be included in the World Customs Organization IPM anti-counterfeiting tool.
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3D Systems working with US navy
While the general public is getting the point that 3D printing is a valid technology progressing on an almost daily basis, national governments slowly realize the potential as well. The latest news in that field is an R&D agreement between 3D Systems and Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) to integrate 3D printing into their operations.
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New packaging solution for recycling paper cups
Over 50 billion paper cups worth of valuable paperboard are sent to U.S. landfills each year. This is because traditional paper cups are produced from polyethlyene-coated paper cup stock, which is difficult for recyclers to process. Smart Planet Technologies now launched the reCUP, what they claim is the first commercially available paper cup engineered for recyclability. According to the company, the EarthCoating barrier technology can be processed through existing paper recycling streams without any need for special handling or additional equipment.
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Call for entries for Packaging Gravure Award
The European Rotogravure Association (ERA) has made a call for entries to its Packaging Gravure Award 2015 competition. Award categories cover flexible packaging, shrinkwrap sleeves, labels, cartonboard and speciality, security and intelligent printing. The closing date for entries is 31st July.
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Mimaki unveils low-cost dye-sub printer
Mimaki has launched a new mid-range, 1.8m-wide dye-sublimation printer targeted at users looking for low-cost production of high-value applications. One of the big advantages over the TS34 is you can fire at a higher head gap with excellent precision and avoid any problems with wet cockling, says the company.
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