Researchers 3D print miniscule sensors on turbine blades
Scientists at Swansea University in Wales have been working with Optomec’s Aerosol Jet technology to print very small components that can be used as strain and optical creep sensors on aerospace components such as turbine blades. At the moment, the researchers are using conductive nano-silver ink which is stable up to temperatures of 250°C, but they’re working on developing a nano-platinum ink for high temperature components up to 1200°C.
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Organic and printed electronics industry expected to grow by 18 %
Sales revenue is expected to grow significantly in the organic and printed electronics industry. This was the result of the biannual Business Climate Survey among OE-A members who anticipate the positive trend from 2015 to continue along the entire value chain and in all regions in the year 2016. After an expected increase of 13 % in 2015, respondents expect accelerated growth of 18 % in 2016. OE-A members especially focus on the major industries Consumer Electronics, Medical and Pharmaceutical, Automotive and Energy.
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New printer closes the gap between printed photos and videos
A new portable photo printer made by LifePrint aims at changing the ways photos are perceived. Instead of freezing a moment in time, videos and other animated object can be integrated into the photographs. The video appears on the screen on one’s smartphone when the photo is watched through the smartphone lens.
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Materialise is supplying Airbus with 3D printed parts
Earlier this year, Airbus expanded its reach into the aerospace industry by obtaining EN9100 and EASA 21G certifications, which authorized them to manufacture airworthy, additive-manufactured end-use parts for aircraft. The company now started to supply 3D printed plastic parts for Airbus A350 XWB jetliners, which are believed to be the company’s most fuel-efficient jets.
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Japan’s plastic packaging industry to reach 13.8 billion USD
Japan’s plastic packaging industry is continuing to grow further from the volume of 3,510,000 tons in the fiscal year 2013 to 2014, according to market research. The drivers behind the growth are innovation and increasing value-added benefits.
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Pentagram creates packaging for Snoop Dogg’s marihuana products
As medical marihuana products are gaining acceptance and market share, packaging becomes increasingly important. Rapper Snoop Dogg enlisted design firm Pentagram to create the brand identity and packaging for his line of weed products. Called ‘Leafs By Snoop,’ the line includes everything from chocolate bars to gummies and is available for purchase in a number of locations throughout Colorado.
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International paper wins sustainability award
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized International Paper as a leader in sustainability with a 2015 AF&PA Sustainability Award. International Paper received the award for its water conservation efforts, which aims at reducing the freshwater consumption, especially at their Pensacola Mill. The efforts in Pensacola are part of the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) Partnership project.
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New on the drupa blog: For this notebook, it’s time to turn the page
Despite the increase in tablets and smartphones, notebooks are still solid companions in many meetings, classrooms, at coffee tables and in home offices. But there is one drawback: Their linearity. If a topic is discussed during different meetings, it is typically not possible to get all notes on subsequent pages. That’s where Rekonect comes in – a notebook with removable and re-attachable pages.
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