Future Links December 14th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers the DuPont-Dow Chemical merger, how a new business focus brought success to a 65-year-old printing firm, researchers printing 3D brain tissue, Dow Chemical’s recyclable pouch, Prodways’ acquisition of Exceltec, the top packaging automation developments, a chart to explain 3D printing processes and materials and tips to achieve color consistency in wide format production.

DuPont and Dow Chemical plan to merge
DuPont and Dow Chemical announced that their boards of directors approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals. The combined company will be named DowDuPont. The parties intend to subsequently pursue a separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies through spin-offs.
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New business focus brings success for 65-year-old printing firm
U.S. Sign and Screen Printing had been designing and creating of sign and vehicle graphics for decades but the main share of their business was real estate signage. But when the company bought A&J Markings, U.S. Sign’s business expanded to include making identification plates, the metal decals that include information like model and serial number, for machinery. The extended business model has brought growth and the 65-year-old printing company expects further success.
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Melbourne researchers print brain tissue
There have been groundbreaking advances in bioprinting lately but this new scientific breakthrough is truly intriguing: A team of scientists from the University of Melbourne, Australia have successfully 3D printed spheres of cortical tissue, a type of brain cells. The brain tissue has been made from human stem cells, which have been 3D printed using the institute’s special bio 3D printer to form up to six layers of brain tissue.
More at 3ders

Dow Chemical’s recyclable pouch will hold dishwashing detergent
Dow’s new recyclable Polyethylene (PE) stand-up pouch, which won an R&D award this year will be used for Seventh Generation’s dishwashing liquid. The pouch will feature the ‘How2Recycle’ label. The label is already being used to clarify what types of packaging can be recycled, and how, on products from brands.
More at Sustainable Brands

Prodways acquires Exceltec
Prodways, a subsidiary of Groupe Gorge, has aquiried Exceltec, a company involved in the development and distribution of polymer materials for 3D printing using selective laser sintering for industrial applications. Exceltec develops polymer materials for the demanding applications, such as aeronautics and the medical sector.
More at 3D fab + print

Top packaging automation developments in 2015
Clearly, the industry has been in motion. A number of packaging automation developments have started to influence the way products are packaged. They include robots, cobots, smart sensors, baggers and inspection systems. In an article, Packaging Digest describes the top 9 automation developments for 2015.
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Chart shows most common 3D printing processes
Confused by different 3D printing materials and processes? Noah Fram-Schwartz, former 3D Design Lab Lead at Google, has developed a helpful chart to simplify some of the most common materials involved in 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, particularly at the industrial level. His chart also includes a look at some of the big names specializing in these technologies.
More at 3D Print

Tips on achieving color consistency in wide format production
Achieving consistent color throughout the workflow in wide format production can be quite a challenge. It involves managing all devices involved, which not only include the fleet of printers but also the measuring devices, the viewing booths and the monitors. An article on FESPA shows how this can be done.
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