Future Links December 18th 2014

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers a 3D printed knee joint, Epson’s mobile office devices, Müller Martini’s new binder, color-changing ink for cans, Epson’s acquisition of K-Sun Coperation, realtors’ reliance on printed marketing material and three major trends for sustainable packaging.

3D printed knee joint implant almost ready for clinical trial
Doctors at Columbia University’s Medical Center have been working on 3D-printing a knee joint. The joint is made of proteins that turn into a proper joint once they are implanted into the leg. This is hailed as a departure from classic tissue engineering and after the technology has been successfully tested on sheep, the doctors hope to be able to start clinical trials soon.
More at Medical Daily

Epson’s mobile devices are ready for the holidays
With mobile scanners, printers and projectors, Epson ensures that travelers can attend to their operations if need be even if they are traveling or staying with family away from their offices. The portable mobile devices are suitable for business and home use.
More at PR Newswire

Müller Martini will present new binder at Lucerne Innovation Days
The new binder whose name will only be revealed at the Hunkeler Innovation Days 2015 in Lucerne can produce photo books, personalized catalogues and high-quality brochures cost-effectively thanks to short setup and production times. With the new binder, Müller Martini enters a new market segment.
More at Graphic Repro

Chromatic Technologies introduces color-changing ink for cans
Just a few months after Chromatic Technologies introduced their sunlight-activated inks for the label industry, it presents its next innovation: Inks that change their colors when exposed to sunlight for the can manufacturing industry. Sunlight Inks can applied to the can itself or to its secondary packaging.
More at Ink World Magazine

Epson acquires K-Sun Corporation
The acquisition of the Wisconsin-based company K-Sun is expected to expand Epson’s presence in the industrial labeling market. It will enable Epson to better serve industrial customers with an expand hardware portfolio  – from the desktop to the industrial press. The two companies have collaborated closely before the acquisition.
More at Labels & Labeling

Realtors rely on print postcards, posters and flyers
Several recent studies indicated that online ads are effective tools for real estate agents. Yet, many realtors continue to rely on printed marketing material to boost their sales. What looks like a paradox has a logical explanation: Flyers, postcards and posters point people to a business website and often introduce potential customers to a company’s services and offerings.
More at What They Think

3 trends for sustainable packaging for 2015
Sustainable packaging is touted as the new competitive tool and, as surveys show, rightly so. Customers are increasingly interested in environmentally friendly and recyclable packaging consisting of plant-based raw materials. An article in Business 2 Community presents the three most important sustainable packaging trends for 2015.
More at Business 2 Community

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