Future Links April 4th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Stratasys’ announcement of a 3D printing breakthrough, a library for 3D printed hearts, the importance of UV curing machines for printing businesses, KBA’s new report, DS Smith’s intention to acquire TRM Packaging, Marabu’s plans for drupa 2016 and Inland joining the Flexible Packaging Association.

3D printed heart library points to the future of medicine
The library of 3D printed heart models at the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is growing, thus providing surgeons with important information and tools to prepare for difficult operations. The benefits to using 3D models are multi-faceted. Beginning with making a diagnosis, surgeons can then decide on a treatment plan. Beyond that the benefits of these models become even more complex as surgeons can use the models to plan out surgeries they may never have performed before.
More at 3D Print

UV curing capabilities can be vital for printing businesses’ success
As more companies request UV curing, printing businesses are investing in presses that can do the job. Over the past years, several companies that build commercial printing presses have released versions equipped with UV light sources that generate significantly less heat, making them more attractive for small to medium sized print businesses. These new machines not only use less energy, but they can also be used to dry ink on all sorts of heat-sensitive materials, like plastic.
More at Crain’s Cleveland Business

KBA’s new report provides roadmap to products and services
The German manufacturer KBA recently published its KBA Report No 47. Focusing on ‘Products, practices, perspectives’, the new 52-page issue of the KBA Group’s customer magazine illuminates the company’s product and process innovations, along with user reports on plans, investments and business models. The topics covered range from offset printing on paper, board and metal, flexo printing on film, digital inkjet printing of books, décor and laminates to inkjet and laser coding blister and packaging for cosmetics.
More at Print Week India

DS Smith plans to acquire TRM Packaging
DS Smith, the recycled corrugated packaging specialist, has announced that it is to acquire TRM Packaging, a UK-based producer of corrugated packaging products. Based in Lancashire, TRM Packaging manufactures specialist corrugated packaging and retail-ready packaging. The business is complementary to DS Smith both geographically and in its customer focus, DS Smith said in a statement announcing news of the acquisition.
More at FoodBev Media

Marabu announces its plans for drupa 2016
The ink manufacturer Marabu has big plans for drupa 2016. The company will be showcasing its digital range, including textile transfer printing, new plug&print inkjet inks as well as UV direct printing onto glass. Partnering with Screen, Marabu presents the wide format UV printing system Truepress Jet W3200UV in its portfolio for the first time.
More at Ink World Magazine

Inland joins Flexible Packaging Association
Inland has become the newest converter member of Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) as part of its ongoing expansion into new markets and packaging products. FPA is a trade association for converters of flexible packaging and suppliers to the industry. As the association for the fastest growing segment in the packaging industry, FPA provides information to its members through focused services, including industry research, data collection, promotion and representation.
More at Labels & Labeling

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