Future Links June 24th 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers a new high-resolution 3D printer, comments on the power of print from an advertising executive, a 3D printed vehicle for disaster relief, the ins and outs of printing on glass and ceramics, HEPACK’s large investment, AFI’s acquisition of Octanorm and How2Recyle’s continued growth.

High-resolution 3D printer prints objects smaller than blood cells
A team of researchers from South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has developed an electrohydrodynamic inkjet that can print tiny objects in high resolution as small as 0.001-millimeters in size.
More at Gizmodo

Saatchi & Saatchi chief comments on the power of print
Pablo Del Campo, worldwide creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi, said in an interview that print has become even more important to advertisers in the digital age because the readers are more engaged. He advises clients to think more about measuring engagement rather than the amount of time spent by a ­consumer.
More at The Australian

3D printed robotic vehicle can help in disaster relief
Dr. Christopher Williams is a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the design, research and education for additive manufacturing lab at Virginia Tech. He worked with his students to develop a 3D printed robotic vehicle that can crawl over uneven terrain and help in disaster relief.
More at 3D Print

The ins and outs of ceramic and glass printing
In an article on FESPA’s website, Peter Kiddell explains the most important points to consider when printing onto ceramic ware using screen printing or pad printing. He discussed inorganic pigments, organic pigments and thermoplastic inks.
More at FESPA

HEPACK experiences greater momentum after investment
Neuenstein-based HEPACK Druck+Verpackung GmbH (HEPACK) has invested around 12 million Euros in reorganizing its production and logistics operations. The company bought two new large, format 6 presses from Heidelberg, a folding carton gluing machine, and three die-cutters in a fully integrated Prinect workflow – a solution that is unique within the industry.
More at Graphic Repro Online

AFI combines German engineering with Australian digital print
After acquiring Octanorm Australia from its German owners, AFI plans to expand its products and services offerings. AFI mainly produces signage while Octanorm – the Australian arm of the global business owned by Halifax Vogel Group (HVG) – produces walls, floors, decks and other hardware for exhibitions, shop fit-outs and the like.
More at i-grafix

How2Recycle continues to grow
How2Recycle is a voluntary program that provides clear recycling instructions to consumers with the goal to increase the quantity and quality of recycled materials. It provides artwork for labels and has also developed a way to assess packaging choices. In the past three years, How2Recylce has grown from 11 to 40 members.
More at Packaging Digest

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