Future Links April 25th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers ways in which 3D printing will change manufacturing, Disney’s potentially game-changing patents, Avery Dennison’s plans to connect billions of products to the cloud, UPM Raflatac’s new pharmaceutical labels, Tetra Pak’s carton bottle hitting the shelves, Eagle System’s cold foiling breakthrough and new on the drupa blog: New company masters digital textile printing on wool.

7 ways 3D printing will change manufacturing
As 3D printing technology advances, it changes the way products are manufactured on many levels. An article on Forbes.com lists 7 ways in which 3D printing makes manufacturing more competitive. They include 3D printing’s impact on the supply chain and the growth of 3D printing in high-volume production.
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Disney’s 3D printing patents could transform the industry
Disney is known for its creativity but not so much for its expertise in printing technology. That is about to change. Disney has filed a series of patents that have the potential to transform the industry. The 3D printer Disney seeks patent protection for has been likened to a 3D photocopier. With a solid object to copy, or even a 3D digital model, it can simply produce any shape required and complexity should not be an obstacle.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Avery Dennison and Evrythng connect billions of products to the cloud
Avery Dennison and Evrythng have great ambitions: The two companies want to equip more than 10 billion apparel and footwear products with unique digital identities and data profiles in the cloud over the next three years. By using Evrythyng’s digital identity and data management capabilities, Avery Dennison can now enable its customers’ products to be digitized at the point of manufacturing.
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UPM Raflatac develops range of pharmaceutical labels
UPM Raflatac has developed a range of pharmaceutical labeling products to support compliance with the Falsified Medicines Directive on packaging for prescription drugs and high-risk, over-the-counter medicines. The Falsified Medicines Directive (2011/62/EU) places two demands on pharmaceutical product packaging. Packs should carry a unique serial number to identify and authenticate individual products, and they should be sealed in a tamper-evident way, which visibly exposes attempts to open them. The deadline for implementing measures to comply with the requirements is February 2019.
More at Packaging Europe

Tetra Top carton bottle hits the market
Tetra Pak’s new plant based bottle with more than 80 % plant-based material debuts in New York with Just Water. The new carton bottle made from FSC certified paperboard now comes with a cap and top made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) derived from sugarcane.
More at Packaging News

Eagle Systems promises to show breakthrough at drupa 2016
Eagle Systems is claiming to be the first company to conquer cold foiling on uncoated stocks and has promised to reveal how at drupa 2016. The company says it has worked on the technology for more than six years. The sheetfed cold foiling system builds on the company’s existing sheetfed cold foiling system, which can be fitted to most litho presses, but will have different mechanics, according to president and design engineer Mike King.
More at Print Week

New on the drupa blog: Digital textile printing on wool
With digital textile printing, small and customized print runs are possible at reasonable costs, thus giving designers new opportunities to create unique and memorable pieces. But so far, the method has been used predominantly with relatively smooth fabrics such as cotton, silk, polyester and nylon. Now, Faering in the UK is tackling the next challenge: Printing on wool.
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