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3D Printing Coral Homes for Algae

A research team from Cambridge University and the University of California San Diego has found a way to more effectively utilize the symbiosis of coral structures and microalgae, creating new light-harvesting approaches to cultivate algae. These developments could easily help preserving the ecosystem coral reef in the future.

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Can Coral Reefs be Saved by 3D Printing?


Climate change, disease, pollution, unsustainable fishing, and dredging are major threats to coral reefs. The WWF states that almost 30 percent of the world's coral reefs have already disappeared and estimates that 60 percent of them will be destroyed over the next 30 years, if no changes occur. 3D printing now offers the chance to repair the damage already done and avoid larger damage.

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Future Links April 13th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers a novel use for electronic paper, Uniprint’s new solutions for secure remote printing, a prediction for the growth of 3D printing in the health care market, Tecnau’s new finishing solutions at drupa 2016, algae and the future of packaging, Apple selling Ultimaker 3D printers in Europe and UPM Raflatac’s study of the environmental impact of wine packaging.

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Future Links April 6th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature ebay’s branded cardboard boxes, a 3D printed modular drone, MIT scientists discovering a way to print solids and liquids simultaneously, Xerox managed print services for a large law firm, experts looking for packaging to minimize food waste, Wohlers’ predictions for the 3D printing market and new on the drupa blog: A water bottle that leaves no waste behind.

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