Future Links March 26th 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers a new ultra-fast 3D printer, Heidelberg logistics’ anniversary, the 2015 pigment report, an online service for textile printing, Innovia’s FlexPack compostable film, commercial printers’ foray into wide-format printing and a glimpse into our bionic future.

Has the fastest 3D printer’s record already been broken?
Last week, we reported on Carbon3Ds new Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) that can print 3D objects 25 to 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing methods. Now, it looks like the speed record may be broken soon: An Australian company named Gizmo 3D is working on a super fast SLA style 3D printer that could overtake Carbon 3D’s printer in terms of speed and quality.
More at 3D Print

Heidelberg logistics celebrates success
After 15 years in operation, Heidelberg logistics is celebrating the fact that its logistics centers have processed a total of almost five million orders and shipped them to customers the world over. The logistic centers provide customers with parts and consumables within 24 hours.
More at Graphic Repro Online

The 2015 pigment report has been published
The pigment industry has gone through dramatic changes in the past two decades. Environmental regulations, shifts in the geographic centers of production as well as the increasing use of water- and solvent-based packaging inks have all affected the industry. The 2015 Pigment Report will look at changes and trends that is impacting the years ahead.
More at Ink World Magazine

FlyerAlarm offers textile printing online
Ordering flyers, brochures and business cards online has become common over the years. FlyerAlarm is now expanding its business model by allowing customers to print t-shirts, formal shirts and blouses as well as accessories online. The clothes are 100 percent cotton and different print designs are available.
More at Output Magazine

Ecoteas uses Innovia NatureFlex packaging film
Oregon-based Ecoteas is using NatureFlex packaging films in the wrappers of their individual tea bags. This flexible packaging material is derived from wood pulp sourced from managed plantations and is certified to be over 90% bio-based and home and industrial compostable.
More at Packaging Europe

Commercial printers venture into wide-format printing
As profit margins are shrinking in many areas of commercial printing, many printing businesses expand their services to include wide-format printing and packaging. Many printers already have the color-management and digital capabilities to be successful in these areas.
More at ProPrint

Eyeing our bionic future
News about printed tissue, organs and bones complete with blood vessels have been filling the pages of news outlets in the past few months. But the newest piece of news is not only changing medicine but also the way in which we see ourselves. Italian researchers are developing 3D printed eyes that connect to wireless networks, not only to correct vision problems but also to upgrade normal eyesight.
More at 3D Print

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