Future Links September 16th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers HP’s strategic plans for 3D printing, a Positively Print Award for Sappi North America, the British Food Standards Agency’s view on 3D printed food, Ultimaker’s partnership with the Better Future Factory, Detmold’s sustainable packaging solution, the possible role of robots in printing and new on the drupa blog: Ink models that alleviate anxiety.

HP plans to become a leader in 3D printing
According to an article on Zdnet, HP’s future revenue growth relies to a considerable degree on 3D printing. As Hewlett-Packard splits into two parts, the one that is focused on PCs and printers is betting much of its future on 3D printing and a product that’ll emerge next year. In presentations to security analysts, HP CEO Dion Weisler outlined a company that will be focused on personal systems, invest in innovation, preserve the printing cash cow, and emerge as a 3D printing leader.
More at ZDNet

Sappi North America wins Positively Print Award
Sappi North America interviewed neuroscientists and communication experts to highlight how printed materials are perceived. The company’s multi-media campaign promoting print to creative designers, printers, advertisers and corporate communicators was selected as the 2015 winner of the annual Positively Print Award. Sappi’s campaign also presented case studies from Apple, BMW and the World Wildlife Fund on their use of print in integrated communications.
More at PI World

The British Food Standards Agency views 3D printed food as challenge
3D printed personalized food presents huge opportunities for healthy, customized and convenient eating. Yet the new technology is not without risks, as the British Food Standard Agency (FSA) points out. Educating people about food safety will be an even more important task as it is today, according to the FSA.
More at Food Manufacture

Ultimaker partners with Perpetual Plastic Project
Statistics tell us that only 10 to 12 % of plastic is recycled. 3D printing provides a unique opportunity to integrate post-consumer plastic back into the economy. Ultimaker and Better Future Factory (BFF) have teamed up to sponsor the Perpetual Plastic Project that aims at recycling plastic waste into 3D printing filament known as ReFil.
More at 3ders

Detmold wins awards for sustainable printing and design
Packaging company Detmold has won the 2015 Good Design Award for its creation of the Qantas dinner box – Australia’s first board carton that is specially designed to hold pre-cooked meals, which are then baked on the board. This reduces the packaging of in-flight meals, enhance portion sizes and create efficiency in serving Qantas guests.
More at i-grafix

Researchers say printers could be replaced by robots
This is not the kind of news that is easy to swallow: A new report, called The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to automation, carried out by researchers from Oxford University’s Martin School say that several print jobs are likely to be carried out by robots in the future. According to the research, some printing industry roles are more vulnerable than others. Printers are in the top 100 of jobs at risk, ranked “quite likely” with an 83 % chance of being replaced by automation.
More at Print Week

New on the drupa blog: Ink models alleviate anxiety
Small businesses are often caught in the middle: Those that are not quite ready for full-fledged managed print services still need to pay close attention to their printing costs and ink supplies. HP and Epson have now introduced new business models that are designed to make worrying about ink supplies and costs a thing of the past.
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