Future Links October 2nd

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a start-up for 3D printed toys with an educational twist, Formlab’s ambitions, details on how to participate in international print day, ISRA Vision’s acquisition of Vision Experts, a sustainable 3D printing project, progress on a life-cycle analysis for the labeling industry and new on the drupa blog: Massivit’s 3D branded eye-catching displays.

3D printed toys to compete with tablets and smart phones
It looks like child’s play but the founders of U.K.-based start-up Cannybots do have a more ambitious agenda: They want to give kids the tools to build engaging toys that challenge their creativity and problem-solving skills. Cannybots is building a new smartphone-controlled toy that lets kids build and program their own 3D printed race car sets.
More at CNBC

Formlabs CEO wants to put a 3D printer in every small business
Max Lobovsky, CEO and co-founder of Formlabs, is taking a page out of Steve Jobs playbook. Before releasing Formlabs new stereolithography desktop 3D printer, he watched the video of Steve Jobs introducing the Macintosh computer in 1984. Lobovsky believes the next wave of 3D printers will be accessible to small businesses and his company wants to be at the forefront of this wave.
More at Fortune  

Printers are encouraged to participate in international print day
Print professionals around the world are invited to participate in International Print Day on October 14. International Print Day is a global 24-hour event, in which social media will be used to highlight the creativity, importance and power of print and paper. The theme for this year’s International Print Day is “#PrintNOW.” Along with #IPD15, that hashtag has been designated for all print professionals to use when they share examples of print on social media.
More at Printing Impressions 

ISRA Vision acquires print inspection expert
The German company ISRA VISION has acquired Vision Experts GmbH, a company based in Karlsruhe, Germany that specializes in print inspection technology. Vision Experts specializes in optical inspection solutions for the entire production and finishing process of high-quality print products and its client base includes key names in the German and international printing industry. Vision Expert’s areas of specialization include metal printing and packaging printing for the pharmaceutical industry.
More at Vision Systems Design

Student reaches final Sustainability Award with 3D printing technology
Innovators around the world are trying to find ways to make 3D printing sustainable and use it to mitigate the environmental challenges the world faces today. Lionel Taito-Matamua, a student from Victoria University of Wellington has had his innovative Master’s thesis transformed into a community pilot project. He has researched how 3D printing technology can create tools out of recycled plastic, which can in turn be used to combat the growing amount of plastic waste filling up landfills and waterways in Samoa.
More at 3ders

Progress on life-cycle analysis for labeling industry
TLMI and Finat have made significant progress in its collaboration to fund the development of a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) guidance document for the labeling industry. The document will be available by the end of November. will serve as a means for defining the environmental footprint of a label construction and will allow converters and brands to select constructions that will be less impacting on the value chain and our planet.
More at Labels & Labeling

New on the drupa blog: Massivit’s 3D branded eye-catching displays
Massivit 3D Printing Technologies has developed a technology that could bring statues and eye-catching point-of-sales displays to many locations, including supermarkets, shopping malls, hotels, concert venues, movie theaters and trade shows.
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