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Engineer Enables Printing of Circuits with Ordinary Printers

Normally, you would think that a common office printer has no other purpose than printing documents. What sounded utopian at first has now become reality: For the first time, Dr. Mohammad Haider, Electrical and Computer Engineer of UAB Research Labs in Birmingham, makes office printers print circuits from anywhere, even from home.

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Inkjet Printers for the Food Industry

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The food industry presents some of the most demanding coding and marking challenges for food companies. During the printing process, which has to be efficient and reliable, codes on products do not only have to withstand extreme variations in temperatures. Color fastness, cleanliness and hygiene are also playing an important role when printing them. This is why the choice of the right coding system for labelling food products is essential.

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Creating the Invisible with Inkjet Printers

Confidential documents or security papers normally need a special, and mostly expensive, technique in order to ensure authenticity and safety. Still might change in the future with the invention of Ajay Nahata, professor of electrical and computer engineering from the University of Utah and his team. The engineers developed a method, which uses standard inkjet printers and readily available ink to print hidden images that are visible only when using a specific illumination.

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Affordable ink that prints Braille on desktop printers

Not only are braille printers so expensive that most people can’t afford them, the heavy paper that is required often results in bulky documents and books, which is also less than ideal. Creative director at J. Walter Thomson in Bangkok Satit Jantawiwat wanted to find a way to solve these problems. He and his team started working on a Braille embosser for the home that wouldn't cost a fortune.

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Modified inkjet printers support scientific breakthrough

Diabetes is becoming increasingly common in developing countries. Many people afflicted by it are unable to afford the test strips and glucometers required to monitor blood sugar levels. Researchers at Clemson University modified a common inkjet printer to print enzymes so that test strips for blood glucose level could be printed in a widely accessible and inexpensive way.

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Sustainable Print Production with New Inks

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and PURe inks Europe GmbH (PURe) have signed a Europe-wide collaboration agreement with the goal to make offset printing more sustainable. Meanwhile Ricoh in cooperation with equipment manufacturer Olbrich has developed its own plant-based ink to nurture sustainability in commercial and packaging printing.

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