Future Links September 8th 2015
Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a printed beetle trap, an iPhone app that turns photos into a printed magazine, a forecast for the Chinese 3D printing market, commuters as the targeted readership of a new magazine, a solar powered 3D printer for medical devices, the benefits of strategic packaging and Premier Papers program that lets customers get carbon capture certified. New on the drupa blog: 3D printed microbots can remove toxins from liquids.
3D printed beetle trap helps farmers in California
The avocado is one of California’s most important crops but recently an insidious beetle-fungus complex has been threatening the harvest. Researchers are now using 3D printing technology to make beetle traps that allows them to study the beetle and the impact of insecticides. 3D printing allows researchers to design complex tools, which would not be possible using traditional methods of fabrication.
More at 3D Print
New iPhone app turns photos into a magazine every month
The developers of a new iOS app called ‘Recently’ have found a way to make memories more tangible. They created a mobile application for iPhones and iPads that allows users to automatically send their 100 most recent photographs off to be printed in a personal monthly magazine and delivered straight to the person’s door.
More at Peta Pixel
Chinese 3D printing market expected to grow rapidly
Compared to the U.S., the Chinese 3D printing market is still in its initial stages. But it is catching up fast. A new report by Research and Markets titled ‘Global and Chinese 3D Printing Industry Report 2015-2018’ predicts that the market will grow at an average rate of around 40 %.
More at PR Newswire
Commuters are the target readership for new TV guide print magazine
TV Magazine, the spin-off print magazine of website TVGuide.co.uk, has reported a successful first few months, as it adapts its online content to suit the print title’s city commuter-focused demographic. The print magazine was launched in May, the website had been founded in 2005. The catalyst for launching a print version was print’s ability to draw a large reader base.
More at Print Week
Solar powered 3D printer to print medical devices in remote areas
Dr. Julielynn Wong, a Harvard-educated, award-winning physician, didn’t want to accept that simple medical procedures in developing countries are sometimes not carried out because the equipment is lacking. She set out to develop a solar-powered 3D printer that can print medical device on location even if there is no electricity. She hopes to see the portable printer as ‘the doctor’s bag’ of the future.
More at 3D Print
Stora Enso’s new report outlines the benefits of strategic packaging
Stora Enso’s latest ‘Viewpoint’ report has detailed how strategic packaging designs and sustainable materials can significantly increase margins for online retailers, especially in the food segment. The possible benefits are increased customer loyalty, supporting customer sustainability agendas and reducing transportation volumes.
More at Labels & Labeling
Premier Paper encourages to become carbon capture certified
Premier Paper is taken its next step to strengthen its environmental commitment. It has launched a program that allows its customers to become carbon capture certified. Businesses can sign up to the initiative to remove carbon from the atmosphere through the planting of new woodland. More at Print Monthly
New on the drupa blog
Scientists from the University of California at San Diego developed a new 3D printing method to print tiny fish-like robots that are able to detect and remove toxins from liquids. The scientists hope that the micro-fish will be able to perform a host of tasks in the future, including developing targeted medication to specific areas in the body.
More at drupa