Future Links September 9th 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers a prediction that 3D printed navy vessels could be a reality in 15 years, Sappi Europe’s new thermal paper, RFID’s future role in food packaging, 3D Systems new textile printing platform, Canon’s first 100ppm color printer, printed circuit boards from ALA Software Solutions and a hotel in the Philippines that will have a 3D villa with jacuzzi.

3D printed navy vessels could be a reality in 15 years
A report by defense contractor Qinetic predicted that navies around the world could harness the potential of 3D printing to manufacture high-tech vessels within the next 15 years. The US Navy has already cited 3D printing as a key technology and has run several trials with 3D printers on board.
More at Fox News

Sappi Europe introduces new paper for direct thermal printing 
Sappi Europe’s newest paper is called Algro Thermo and is aimed at the direct thermal printing market. In weights ranging from 100 to 193 gsm, Algro Thermo is suited for tickets, labels and other thermal printing applications.
More at Graphic Repro Online

RFID holds promise for food packaging
An industry expert believes the time is right for a widespread adoption of RFID tags in food packaging. Falling costs and more experience with the technology are main factors that could lead to the use of RFID tags in food packaging. He believes food retailers can create rapid reports of both product availability and residual life throughout the supply chain.
More at Packaging Digest

3D Systems launches textile printing platform
3D textile printing has already taken center stage in high fashion, but now the technology will become much wider available for designers and fashion aficionados worldwide. 3D System has launched Fabricate, a textile 3D printer, based on the company’s flagship desktop 3D printer Cube. 3D System’s .textile files can be printed on special fabric which can be sewn onto clothing and accessories.
More at StreetInsider

Canon introduces its first 100ppm color printer
Canon has added a new top-of-the-range model to its imagePress cut-sheet color digital printer family that prints at 100ppm. The imagePress C10000VP was a response to rising demand for printers that print above 90ppm.
More at Print Week

ALA Software Solutions to print electronic circuit boards by 2016
ALA Software Solutions has purchased 3D printers from Nano Dimension Technologies. The printers will enable ALA Software’s customers to print 3D prototypes of multi-layer electronic circuits. Nano Dimension is expected to supply the printers during the fourth quarter of 2016.
More at Market Watch

Hotel will be the world’s first 3D printed commercial building
3D printing buildings have made headlines over the past year. But so far, there hasn’t been a commercial building printed in 3D. This is about to change: The first commercial building, an addition to a hotel, has been printed in the Philippines, as 3D Print reports. The new structure consists of a two bedroom villa with a living room and jacuzzi room (with 3D printed jacuzzi) and will be part of the prestigious Lewis Grand Hotel.
More at 3d Print