Future Links January 4th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers a new method to 3D print glass, Smurfit Kappa’s acquisition of two Brazilian packaging firms, 3D printing trends for 2016, Hearst’s exploration of possible magazine launches, Kai Parthy’s partnership with ReprapUniverse and Toshiba TEC’s goals for the Indian printer market.

Math expert develops new method to 3D print glass
Collaborating with MIT’s Mediated Matter and Glass Labs, mathematician Dr. Pierre-Thomas Brun developed a precise ‘molten glass sewing machine’. The new machine has several advantages over other 3D glass printers, including the ability to produce very small structures.
More at 3ders

Smurfit Kappa buys two Brazilian packaging firms
Smurfit Kappa said it has acquired two paper-based packaging businesses in Brazil for a total of 186 million Euros. The Brazilian companies, Industria de Embalagens Santana and Paema Embalagens, have three recycled containerboard mills with a total capacity of 210,000 tons and four corrugated facilities, serving the northeast and south of Brazil.
More at Sunday Business Post

New players and faster 3D printers are trends for 2016
2015 was an exciting year for 3D printing with many new developments and some unexpected ups and downs. 2016 is shaping up to be another eventful year for the industry with new players entering the market and faster printers becoming available. Other trends include multicolor printers and the ‘golf ball rule’.
More at Fortune

Hearst explores print magazine launch
Hearst, the publisher of Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Elle and Esquire, appears to be one of the few major print publishers with magazine launch plans for 2016. Hearst Magazines President David Carey said in a letter to employees that several new print magazine concepts may be ready to be tested in 2016.
More at New York Post

Kai Parthy and ReprapUniverse develop special materials hotend
After having transformed the world of desktop 3D printing with his original wood and stone filaments, German inventor Kai Parthy is partnering with ReprapUniverse. Together, they developed a hotend capable of handling all of Parthy’s specialty materials. The 1730 Full Metal hotend can handle both 1.75 mm and 3 mm filaments with the quick change of a nozzle.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Toshiba TEC sees opportunity in Indian printer market
Toshiba TEC invests in bringing innovation to printing technology to satisfy different customer needs, stresses Isao Sugehara, the Japanese IT major’s chief marketing executive, in an interview. In his opinion, India market is as evolved as the global markets for multifunction devices but a major game changer is the fact that India is at a growth stage with a huge potential yet to be tapped. By launching innovative products, Toshiba aims to obtain 15 % market share in India by 2017.
More at The Financial Express

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