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In this week’s future links you gain fresh insights in the printing industry with Amazon’s new printing service, 3D printed glasses with Yuniku, the carbon neutral rating for BrunelPrint, UV offset inks by Toyo Ink, and a tribute to paper by Antalis.
Launch of Amazon Prints
Amazon.com, Inc. has recently announced its new printing service that offers photos and custom photo books. Amazon Prints is going to be available to all the clients who save their images into the Amazon Drive cloud storage. Additionally this new service allows printing calendars and various stationeries. Initially Amazon Prints is going to be launched in the United States. It is still unclear if it will be rolled out in Europe.
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Customizing eyewear by 3D scanning and 3D printing
Materialise, HOYA Vision Care Company and Hoet Design Studio have introduced Yuniku. This new glasses tailoring platform allows its clients to customize everything from their lenses to their frames thanks to 3D printing technology. First, the comprehensive system scans the customer’s face. Then it determines their visual requirements to identify the ideal position for the lenses in relation to the wearer’s eyes. After adjusting the frame around the pre-positioned lenses, the software transmits the design to a 3D printer.
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BrunelPrint goes carbon neutral
As of now, all BrunelPrint’s products are carbon neutral. This makes the Bristol-based business UK’s first printing company to be certified accordingly. They have announced to offer their newly certified products without additional costs for their clients. Furthermore the printing supplier already successfully applied for other certifications, e. g. from the Forest Stewardship Council and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.
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Low-Energy UV offset inks by Toyo Ink
Toyo Ink Co., Ltd. has developed two new series of offset inks. FLASH DRY LPC EX can be applied in presses equipped with UV ozone-less lamps whereas FLASH DRY LED EX fits for LED-UV printing presses with curing systems. Compared to conventional UV inks, they both offer expanded color gamut, high transparency, and high gloss. Toyo Ink Co. uses a new pigment dispersion method to make this possible. Moreover, UV ink technology has many environmental benefits like energy efficiency and reduction in CO2 emissions. From October, the new UV offset inks are going to be available in Japan and will gradually be introduced into other regions.
More at Ink World Magazine
Antalis’ new designer notebooks
To draw attention to the value of paper, Antalis has created a set of 12 special 205 x 110 mm format notebooks. For their “Book of 12” campaign the German company worked together with 12 designers from all over the world, including Milton Glaser. Each of them designed one cover. The notebooks also contain an interview about the designer’s approaches to paper choices and selection. For the production 14 tons of Arjowiggins paper were used. IPP Imprimeur in France and AB Druka in Latvia printed the notebooks.
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