Future Links July 29th 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers ESA working with Streago for 3D cloud service, Heidelberg orders up 20 %, Hama creating computer mice using 3D printing, how a printer evolved into Internet of things dashboard, reusable substrates for metal 3D Printing, Duplo UK’s profits to fund growth and European Flexo award at drupa.

European Space Agency works with Streago for 3D cloud service
Recently, both NASA and ESA have announced plans to use 3D printing in their space programs. While it may take a while for the actual printing operations on the moon to become fully operational, the aerospace industry is already using the technology for some of its parts, thus reaping cost benefits and faster delivery times. But the increasing complexity of these workflows have created a demand for systems capable of handling all requirements. Now, ESA has chosen Streago for their secure, industrial, cloud-based 3D printing business and workflow management system.
More at 3D Print

Heidelberg orders up 20 %
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen reported that their new strategic reorganization has paid off as they made a successful start to the new financial year. For the first quarter the company has improved it order situation, while favourable exchange rate movements have also boosted the books.
More at ProPrint

Hama creates computer mice using 3D printing
Previously, when German Hama, one of the world’s leading accessory manufacturers, was developing new products, they had to send the data to their production partners in the Far East and wait till the sample was sent back to us. Now, the product development team has come to rely a 3D printer from German RepRap to design objects quickly and iteratively.
More at 3ders

How a printer evolved into Internet of things dashboard
According to a survey by Forrester Consulting, 80 % of respondents believe that IoT solutions will be the most strategic initiative for their organization within a decade. Before, Zebra Technologies defined its reach as simply “a printer company”. But as the technology landscape changed, the company sought to find new ways to help customers connect the physical world to the digital world.
More at Silicon Angle

Michigan Tech creates reusable substrates for metal 3D printing
Usually, for metal 3D printing you need a metal substrate, onto which the part is fabricated. During post-processing, this substrate is removed and destroyed in the process. This is not only a time-consuming, but also an expensive method. Now, researchers at Michigan Tech developed a method for removing this substrate non-destructively so it be reused.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Duplo UK’s profits fund growth
Print finishing specialist Duplo also announced that their financial year has been successful. As a result, its entire profits will be used to fund future business developments. This includes customer engagement schemes, improved training initiatives, and stronger investment in industry-wide programs.
More at Print Monthly

European Flexo award at drupa
The new Flexographic Technical Association Europe plans to hold a European Flexo award in 2016 at the occasion of drupa. There, winners from national flexo awards competitions will be submitted for a European best of selection. Currently, the UK and France already have national flexo awards, and Italy and the Benelux are launching or have just launched local competitions.
More at Flexo Gravure

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