Future Links January 13th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a tourbillon watch made entirely from 3D printed parts, Kornit Digital as technology partner for Merch by Amazon, Katjes software partnership for 3D printed candy, printing businesses focusing on efficiency rather than growth, Autodesk’s quest for nature-inspired 3D printing materials, Magic Touch’s white toner technology and HP’s outlook for the new year.

Swiss engineer 3D prints a precision watch
The Swiss are known for their high-quality engineering and their precise watches so it is no surprise that Swiss engineer Christoph Laimer made a precision watch with a tourbillon. What is surprising is that he made it entirely from 3D parts. The parts were printed in his home on an Ultimaker 2 desktop 3D printer. The case itself was printed in PETG while all of the internal gears and mechanisms were printed with standard PLA.
More at 3D Print

Amazon chooses Kornit Digital for textile print-on-demand service
Kornit Digital, a digital textile printing technology company, has announced that its Avalanche 1000 was chosen for the on-demand production of promotional textiles as part of Amazon’s recently announced ‘Merch by Amazon’ program. Amazon’s Texas-based facility has been a long-term Kornit user as part of Woot, which is an Internet based retail program that offers daily deals on products including printed textiles. Kornit will build additional Avalanche 1000 systems that will handle the growing production needs of Amazon’s merchandise on demand service.
More at Printing Impressions

Katjes partners with Sur 3D for new version of its Magic Candy Factory
We featured the Katjes Magic Candy Factory in one of our recent articles. Now, the German candy maker is partnering with Uruguayan software maker Sur 3D to develop their very own, easy-to-use software for designing their 3D printed gummies. The new generation of the Magic Candy Factory is made in collaboration with American 3D printer company Printrbot, and now we can expect to see the launch of their new Magic Candy Factory software, which is being developed by Sur 3D.
More at 3ders

Some printing businesses envision success without high growth
The pursuit of growth has been a business credo for many printers. But even though print has undergone somewhat of a renaissance lately, print volumes are declining. Matthew Parker interviewed businesses that are going against the trend and don’t believe that growth is the only key to success.
More at Output Magazine

Autodesk’s quest for nature-inspired 3D printing materials
3D printing has been hailed as a more environmentally friendly way of producing goods compared to traditional manufacturing because of potential savings in transportation and material. However, in many industrial 3D printing applications today petroleum-based synthetic resins are used, which become solids after light and extreme heat are applied. Autodesk is now collaborating with the Biomimicry Institute and the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry to find a more sustainable alternative.
More at Greenbiz

The Magic Touch shines with white toner technology
The Magic Touch takes a targeted approach in its product range with image transfer papers, heat presses, laser printers, plotters/cutters, materials, and equipment, all of which are ideal for the personalization of items. The company has attracted attention for its white toner capabilities. By adding white toner to the CMYK color process, high levels of opacity are ensured as well as a high ‘white’ factor for non-fabric products such as folders, mugs, binders, leather, and PU products.
More at Print Monthly

HP looks optimistically into the New Year
In an interview with Print Media Centr, David J. Murphy, worldwide director of marketing and business development for HP’s PageWide Web Press division, looks ahead into the new year. Murphy emphasizes that finishing is a differentiation point and that HP is adding even more finishing relationships to its portfolio. HP will be showing a lot of those options at drupa.
More at Print Media Centr

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