Future Links January 27th
Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature the importance of collaboration for print software success, 3D printed carbon fiber parts, a new hyperlocal newspaper, paperboard made from sugarcane, the future of home 3D printing, an increasing global demand for protective packaging and Canon’s partnership with Intec.
Collaboration is crucial for print software success
User groups can make an enormous difference when it comes to the success of print software, argues editor Jennifer Matt in her commentary on What They Think?. She advocates collaborating with people at the functional levels of the company when it comes to print software. Working with people at other companies who are not competitors can also be highly useful. Nobody should feel isolated under the conditions of constant technology driven change, she writes.
More at What They Think
3D printed carbon fiber parts useful for many industries
Carbon-fiber parts are used in the aerospace and automobile industries, among others. Yet the costs and the time-consuming process to make them have limited their use. Now, the start-up MarkForged has developed a 3D printer that can make 3D printed carbon fiber parts, which will make 3D printing much more useful for many industries.
More at MIT Technology Review
New newspaper goes hyperlocal
Hyperlocality has been a buzzword in online services and e-commerce but a team of editors is now demonstrating that the concept can work in print, too. They have started a newspaper aimed precisely at their community. The newspaper is called Print and features local stories like a middle school championship swim meet, or a meeting of the Squirrel Hill Bike-Ped committee.
More at Next Pittsburgh
Company introduces paperboard made from sugar cane
The Packaging Solutions Group of Veritiv Corporation is using a new, more sustainable material for paperboard production. Its new Earth Pact Sugar Cane Paperboard is made from pure sugar cane bagasse, an agricultural by-product of sugar manufacturing. According to the company, no chemicals, bleach or dyes were used in production. The paperboard is available in moisture and grease resistant grades.
More at PR Newswire
Will there be a 3D printer in every home?
If it only were that easy: Instead of calling a sales rep, paying 125 USD and waiting for ten days, you just push a button and the perfect dishwasher replacement part pops out of your 3D printer – for a fraction of the cost you would have spent had you ordered it. The home use 3D printers for novices are not at this level yet but with the advancement of technology and usability, such a scenario may not be too far fetched.
More at Tech Crunch
Global demand for protective packaging is steadily increasing
According to a study from the Freedonia Group, the worldwide demand for protective packaging is projected to increase 6.1 % annually to nearly 27 billion USD in 2018. The Asia/Pacific region is expected to register the fastest growth in demand through 2018 due to the combination of its sizable manufacturing sector and the presence of several large, but still developing, economies. The Africa/Mideast region and Eastern Europe will also experience above average growth, though both will remain fairly small regional markets. Advances will be below the global average in North America and Western Europe.
More at Modern Materials Handling
Canon partners with Intec for perfect envelope solution
When ABC Imaging told Canon its digital envelope printing requirements, Canon took an unusual step: The company started searching outside their own product portfolio, selecting Intec equipment as the most compatible for the customer’s needs. By including Intec’s products in their overall solution, Canon can offer its customers more value and allow them to enter new lucrative markets, which are currently demonstrating strong growth.
More at Print Monthly