Future Links August 13th 2015
Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Memjet’s lawsuit against HP, Kodak’s plans for a Jersey newspaper printer, Vivasa’s light diffusing filament, Stratasys’s report on 3D printing in manufacturing, a field-test with a 3D printed replacement part by the Chinese army, new technology for beverage packaging and new research into the surprising characteristics of cellulose.
Memjet accuses HP of copyright infringement
Memjet has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard Company in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. The lawsuit alleges infringement of eight Memjet patents related to its page-wide “waterfall” printing technology. HP is using its PageWide technology in some of its printers and presses and has stated its intention to use its PageWide Technology across its printing portfolio including in future wide format and 3D printers.
More at My Printing Resource
Kodak brings inkjet printing to Jersey newspaper
Kodak and the Guiton Group in Jersey are partnering to prove the viability of the Kodak Prosper 6000 press technology in newspaper printing. The two companies have formed a business entity called KP services and will install two Kodak Prosper 6000P high-speed inkjet web presses and four Hunkeler Combi-Solution newspaper finishing lines.
More at Print Week
Vivasa introduces light-diffusion filament
Vivasa, a company headquartered in the Czech Republic, wants to improve light distribution in lamps and other light sources by using 3D printed materials. The company developed the light diffusion filament, Eco3D PLA, which is composed of biodegradable additives.
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Stratasys to issue report on 3D printing in manufacturing
Stratasys has conducted a survey among 700 experts in engineering and manufacturing to assess how 3D printing is changing manufacturing practices. The respondents named more complex design capabilities, reduced lead time, improved efficiency, and higher quality as the top benefits of additive manufacturing.
More at Manufacturing
Chinese army field-tested 3D printing for replacement part
The Chinese media reported on a field-test conducted by the Chinese army to see whether 3D printing technology could be used to produce replacement parts in remote areas. When the fuel coupling of a truck was damaged, a team of soldiers was in charge of producing a 3D printed replacement part with the help of a laptop and a 3D printer that was not further specified. According to the media report, the experiment was successful.
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New technology for beverage packaging
Smoothies are enjoying long lasting popularity, especially among younger and health-conscious consumers. A new smoothie introduced by Sunkist incorporates small bits of fresh fruit into the drink, thus giving it a healthier and more authentic texture. SIC Combibloc has introduced new technology for drinks with added natural products, called drinksplus. For drinksplus products such as the new Sunkist smoothies, the SIG Combibloc standard filling machines for liquid dairy products and non-carbonated soft drinks are simply fitted with an upgrade set.
More at Packaging Europe
Cellulose may replace metal in cars
It may not be the most obvious solution, but scientists at the University of Maryland have discovered that paper made of cellulose fibers gets stronger and tougher the shorter the fibers get. They see potential in cellulose nanofibrils for more energy efficient green vehicles. They also envision transparent cellulose nanopaper as a functional substrate in flexible electronics, resulting in paper electronics, printable solar cells and flexible displays.
More at Printed Electronics