Future Links August 11th 2014

Here’s our daily link collection with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature imprinted GPS coordinates on beer cans, an effort to print electronic devices with embedded circuits, recycled plastic bottles as filament for 3 D printers, printed earphones that fit, an industry survey about future us of 3D printing, expectations for digital newspaper formats and printing technology for snowboards.

Imprinted GPS coordinates on beer cans for a summer challenge
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a cold one outside. The Denver Beer Co. is using creative packaging to connect with its customers while they are out in nature. The cans are manufactured by Ball, a company that uses its own Dynamark variable printing technology to imprint 12 GPS coordinates on a can or beer. The coordinates guide consumers to different destinations where they can take a photo to enter a contest. The prize: Free Denver beer for a year.
More at Food Production Daily

Press print for a new kind of electronic devices
While many labs around the world are figuring out how to use new materials and techniques to create unique objects in a 3D printer, the PARC research center in Palo Alto, California, is working on a challenge of a different kind. Researchers are designing an entirely new method to manufacture electronic devices with embedded circuits in a 3D printer. This could revolutionize the way in which high performance flexible electronic devices such as sensors are made.
More at Technology Review

Old plastic bottles for new designs
Using recycled plastic bottles for new objects is clearly a trend but wouldn’t it be great to do that at home? The Ekocycle 3D printer lets you do just that. It uses filament made partially from post-consumer PLA that is found in plastic bottles. The printer lets you use a smartphone app to design new shapes or lets you choose from a variety of designs that are included with the software.
More at Uncrate

Two-thirds of U.S. manufacturers are experimenting with 3 D printing
Companies in the U.S. are anticipating savings in materials, labor and transportation costs, according to a survey by the consultancy PwC among 100 industrial manufacturers, ranging from small contractors to multinational corporations, in the U.S. 66.7 percent are experimenting with or are implementing 3 D printing in their operations for early prototyping and other applications, while others said they plan to use it in the future.
More at pwc

Printing earphones that fit
Headphones that are to small or to large can be a real pain. The 3D printing company Normal is trying to help with customized earphones that are printed right before the customer’s eyes. In its new retail store in Manhattan, customers can take pictures of their ears, which will be used to manufacturer the perfect pair of earphones. This business model takes customization to a new level and more applications are likely to follow.
More at NBC News

Print newspapers are still ahead of digital formats
A recent survey in Australia showed that nine out of ten newspaper readers still prefer the print edition but the trend is about to change. It is estimated that the percentage of people reading their newspapers on an electronic device will overtake the more traditional newspaper readers in the coming years. The survey also shows that there is a large percentage of cross-platform readers who enjoy their news both in print and on the screen.
More at ProPrint

Epson printers give snowboards a fun look
While the shape and performance of snowboards are certainly the main buying criteria, cool looks are important as well. The snowboard manufacturing company Never Summer brought printing and design in-house five years ago to be able to reduce turn-around times and to have better control over the printing process. After working with large format printers for a while that required a lot of maintenance and repair, it switched to the Epson®SureColor® F-Series dye-sublimation printers.
More at What They Think

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