Future Links March 7th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature 15 promising 3D printing business ideas, researchers using an inkjet printer for fingerprint spoofs, myHermes’ new scanning and print services, how investing in new equipment expanded a printing business’ leadership role, the growing impact of 3D printing in health care, Holzer Druck und Medien’s added capabilities and new packaging made from cannabis waste.

15 promising 3D printing business ideas
3D printing is catching on and as technologies and materials get better, more opportunities for starting a 3D printing business arise. The website 3ders has compiled 15 business ideas for new ventures based on 3D printing. They include 3D printing promotional goods, offering 3D printing classes and offering 3d modeling and design services.
More at 3ders

Fingerprint sensors can be fooled with inkjet printouts
Fingerprint sensors on devices like smartphones haven’t provided absolute security but fooling them has required a good amount of time and effort. Researchers at Michigan State University have found a cheaper and faster way to unlock mobile phones protected by fingerprint sensors using an off-the-shelf inkjet printer, special photo paper and conductive silver ink. The process can be done in well under 15 minutes, significantly faster than current fingerprint spoofs, which rely on 3D printing, that take more than twice as long.
More at Quartz

MyHermes tests scanning and printing service in the UK
Consumer delivery specialist myHermes is now testing a new scanning and printing system at more than 30 myHermes ParcelShops across Leeds that allows customers to print their parcel labels in-store. The customer can book and pay using a mobile device and then upon receiving an email to confirm the booking, users will also be sent an attachment containing a QR code. Customers can then use their smart devices to scan the QR code in-store and the accompanying printer will distribute their label.
More at Post & Parcel

One of Ireland’s oldest printers invests heavily in new equipment
Established in 1862, W&G Baird has established itself not only as a leading print company in Ireland but also as an innovator in its field. Now, the company is investing 4 million British Pounds in a new press and binder to cement its commitment to further growth. The company already operates the largest print room in Ireland.
More at Belfast Telegraph

How 3D printing is already changing the health care industry
In the past weeks, there have been many breakthroughs in bioprinting that may eventually lead to fully functional 3D printed organs. But even now, 3D printing is changing the health care industry. The technology is not just for the most serious medical issues. A 3D-printed cast, for example, has been shown to heal bones 40–80 percent faster than traditional casts. 3D-printed pills allow for interesting new pill shapes that completely alter the drugs’ release rates.
More at Harvard Business Review

Holzer Druck and Medien banks on KBA equipment
LED-UV is currently a hot topic in the field of sheetfed offset printing and will be shown live on the KBA stand at drupa 2016. Holzer Druck und Medien is a pilot user of this future-focused drying process. Thanks to LED-UV Holzer was able to expand its portfolio with uncoated stock and materials and predominantly dark colored substrates, such as plastic and film. Other benefits include fast lead times, no need for protective coating, improvements in quality and more finishing options.
More at What They Think

New packaging made from cannabis waste
The legal cannabis industry is growing due to changes in regulation and a heightened interest in medical marijuana. This also means that its bio-waste is increasing. The company Restalk has now found a way to turn the byproducts into packaging paper. The company announced the first prototype of the paper in February 2016 and plans to go into commercial production this spring.
More at Packaging Digest

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