Future Links January 21st

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature young professionals using print for education, Xaar recruiting Neil Hopkinson to head their new 3D printing team, an EU consortium reducing chemicals for textile printing, robotics and 3D printing combined for repairing roads, print manufacturers becoming marketing services providers, investors exploring 3D printing and scanning startups in India and new on the drupa blog: Printed trees provide renewable energy.

Young professionals prefer print for education
Many people predict print dying out with older generations, but recent studies have proven the opposite. This time, content solutions provider Omnipress asked young professionals between 22 and 33 about their preferences regarding reading and remembering information. The survey found that 50 % find it easier to learn from printed materials.
More at Print Monthly

Xaar recruits Neil Hopkinson to head new 3D printing team
Another player in traditional print technology has joined the 3D race. Cambridge-based inkjet printheads maker Xaar has now appointed Professor Neil Hopkinson to lead their internal 3D Printing Department. He will be responsible for the recruitment of a team to work on advancing additive manufacturing, specifically on the High Speed Sintering 3D print technology he invented.
More at 3Ders

EU consortium reduces chemicals for textile printing
Printing on textiles usually requires many chemicals, which eventually will leak into the environment. With inkjet methods these forms of waste are no longer an issue. However, technical limitations have prevented a widespread market adoption. Now, an EU-funded consortium has managed to divide the number of chemicals necessary for textile printing processes by 10 as they came up with a new high-speed inkjet technology.
More at the European Commission

Start-up combines robotics and 3D printing for repairing roads
From filling potholes to repairing busted power lines, maintaining a city’s infrastructure takes up a lot of work force. To solve this problem, Addibots is developing a roving 3D printing robot that could scoot around town mending dodgy road surfaces in the future. With the ability to move to any desired location, the Addibot could be able to print larger objects on any scale and also blend conductive materials into roadways for transmission of electrical power.
More at Gizmag

Print manufacturers should become marketing services providers
For years the printing industry has been talking about extending the value proposition of the “print manufacturer” upstream to provide marketing services. This is because print is still an important part of the modern marketing mix, but is quickly becoming dominated by digital messages. In an article at What They Think, Jennifer Matt talks about how companies can actually take steps into that direction.
More at What They Think

Investors exploring 3D printing and scanning startups in India
As more and more 3D printing and scanning startups emerge in India, investors are exploring options for early-stage investments in the sector. Besides medical applications that could soon potentially disrupt the healthcare system in India the industry is also looking at 3D printing in gaming.
More at Economic Times

New on the drupa blog: Printed trees provide renewable energy
Energy needs are constantly growing and trees are still being chopped down for firewood in many parts of the world. Scientists at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are turning this approach around. Instead of harvesting trees, they are printing artificial trees to harvest energy from the environment. The trees consist of wood-based 3D printed stems and printed solar cells as leaves.
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