Future Links July 23rd 2015
Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a new technique for printing nanoscale DNA strands, Konica Minolta’s new printheads, an ink cartridge system to 3D print in color, a look different ways in which 3D printing captures people’s imagination, biodegradable filament, BASF’s new business unit for its pigment activities and Coveris’ new multi-layer label.
Researchers develop new technique for printing DNA on a nanoscale
Origami, the Japanese paper-folder technique, has inspired a variety of new 3D printing methods that help print recent inventions ranging from batteries to flexible substrates. Now, scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have used an origami-inspired technique to print DNA strands on a nanoscale that may be able to interact with human cells and the molecules that make them up.
More at Washington Post
Konica Minolta unveils three new inkjet printheads
Konica Minolta has developed three new industrial inkjet printheads that adopt its independently developed MEMS technologies. The mass production is planned to start in the spring of 2016. Konica Minolta says the new inkjet printheads deliver higher resolution, higher accuracy and more enhanced jet characteristics than the existing printheads and are suited for commercial printing, label printing and for printed electronics.
More at Business Wire
Chameleon Ink Cartridge system allows 3D printing in color
Printing with multiple colors has been one of the challenges in 3D printing. While it’s certainly possible, and often done, the print process requires maintenance and can cause complications when stopping and starting the printer to change filaments. 3DT Labs is developing a multi-color ink cartridge system that will work with any FDM 3D printer. Their chameleon ink cartridge is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.
More at 3D Print
3D printing captures the imagination of businesses and students alike
An article in Harvard Business Review explores how people across the country view and use 3D printing technology. The 3D print road trip includes visits with innovators, businesses, middle school students and industry analysts. The author believes 3D printing has reached a tipping point and is already changing the way we think.
More at Harvard Business Review
Biodegradable filament for guilt-free 3D printing
Using plastic filament is not everyone’s idea of an environmentally friendly way of producing things. Corn-based PLA is a better option but for Saphium Biotechnologies, it didn’t go far enough. The start-up is working on PHAbulous Filaments that biodegrade within 60 days, thanks to the pure PHA makeup of the filament.
More at 3D Print
BASF to set up new business unit for all pigment activities
BASF will form a global business unit combining all of its pigments activities effective January 2016. In the second half of 2016, BASF intends to carve out its pigments business and establish separate legal entities. BASF’s pigments business serves a variety of industries including paints and coatings, printing and packaging and plastics.
More at Ink World Magazine
Coveris launches new multi-layer label
Coveris has developed a new multi-layer linerless label that complies with the new food information regulations (FIR) via extensive surface area printing capabilities. In doing so, Coveris said it has achieved significant volume, environmental and process advantages through an innovative multi-layer format. The large surface area can be used to communicate messages linked to FIR, promotions, cooking instructions, and recipes.
More at Labels & Labeling