Future Links March 14th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers International Paper’s plans to sell its packaging business in China, Carbon 3D’s partnership with Kodak, Modeclix’ wearable 3D printed fashion, Fedopress’ investment in a Xeikon 3500 press, a survey about the main packaging machinery buying trends, a Scottish food company violating packaging regulations and new on the drupa blog: Airbus opts for nature-inspired 3D printed parts.

International paper sells packaging business in China
This move does not come as a complete surprise. International Paper’s executives had voiced their interest in selling the Chinese packaging operations several months ago. They said there was no real advantage to having local production in China because raw materials, such as fiber, are imported, according to The Wall Street Journal. Now, International Paper said it had agreed to sell its corrugated-packaging business in China and Southeast Asia for about 150 million USD.
More at The Wall Street Journal

Carbon 3D partners with Kodak
The Silicon Valley 3D printing startup Carbon 3D that invented the fast CLIP 3D printing technique last year has just signed a joint development agreement with the Eastman Kodak Company to develop novel materials and to address new opportunities for the CLIP 3D printing process. Similar to SLA 3D printing, CLIP forms 3D objects out of liquid, photopolymer resin rather than building them up in layer-by-layer extrusion.
More at 3ders

Modekclix makes wearable 3D printed fashion
So far, most 3D printed clothes were high-fashion dresses with eye-catching designs that were, for the most part, not suited for the office or a casual summer party. The University of Hertfordshire Digital Hack Lab wants to change that. It developed a method to print wearable, soft dresses by linking structures together so that they form a material that is similar to knitted fabric. The Lab eventually wants to bring the dresses to regular clothing stores.
More at 3D Print

Fedopress invests in Xeikon 3500 for Belgian tax stamps
Tax stamps for tobacco products are a significant source of revenues for the Belgian government. This means it is vital that the stamps are impossible to forge. Fedopress, the official print supplier to the Belgian Federal Public Service Finance, has taken previously outsourced services in-house and has invested in Xeikon 3500 digital five-color press and the digital front-end workflow solution X-800.
More at Narrow Web tech

What are the main packaging machinery buying trends for 2016?
Packaging Digest is conducting a survey that examines the most important packaging machinery buying trends for this year. Last year, 43 % of respondents said they plan to increase their budget for machinery in 2016. Packaging Digest now invites experts and decision makers to provide more details about their plans.
More at Packaging Digest

New on the drupa blog: Airbus opts for nature-inspired 3D printed parts
Nature is a great designer, many structures found in nature have inspired blueprints for bridges, racecars and, of course, airplanes. Following this tradition, the companies Airbus, Autodesk and its studio The Living as well as Apworks have 3D printed a bionic partition to serve as a barrier between the seating area and the galley in an Airbus A320 jet. The structure was modeled after the human bone, which combines high strength with low weight.
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