Future Links March 3rd

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a security flaw in 3D printing, UnitedPrint’s platform for partners, the new Silicon Valley magazine, military experts advocating for fast adoption of 3D printing, a call for better packaging to boost sales, HP’s PrintOS at drupa and EFI’s acquisition of ink specialist Rialco.

Researchers expose security flaw in 3D printing
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have demonstrated that they can steal intellectual property by recording and processing sounds emitted by a 3-D printer. Doing so is relatively simple: A smartphone or some other digital recording device can be placed next to a 3D printer and capture acoustic signals that carry information about the precise movements of the printer’s nozzle. The recording can then be used to reverse engineer the object being printed and re-create it elsewhere. Detailed processes may be deciphered through this new kind of cyberattack, presenting significant security risks.
More at UCI

UnitedPrint opens its platform for thousands of partners
The web-to-print provider UnitedPrint has opened its web-to-print shops with mobile websites to its partners, enabling them to present hundreds of printed products but also best-sellers from the textile, photo, advertising equipment and packaging product lines to their customers. According to UnitedPrint, more than 20,000 partners have already signed on for the UnitedPrint Shop Services program.
More at Business Wire

Publisher launches luxury magazine Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley is a place that has a special meaning around the world. The high-tech Mecca is not only the birthplace of many groundbreaking inventions, it also has a very high household income of more than 300,000 USD. Launching a print magazine in this market may seem counterintuitive since smartphones and tablets are part of pretty much everyone’s basic outfit, but high end publisher says there are good reasons to start a print mag now.
More at Re/Code

Military experts says time for 3D printing is now
Military officials in the U.S. see no need for further delays in using 3D printing technologies by U.S. forces. Experts said at an event that 3D printing can provide a host of tactical advantages. Therefore, it is necessary to start using the technology sooner rather than later to stay ahead of the curve.
More at Defense Systems

Packaging needs to improve to boost the consumption of local goods
Poor packaging and limited marketing skills are largely responsible for low consumption of ‘Made in Rwanda’ products, according to experts. Francois Kanimba, the Minister in charge of Trade and Industry, noted in an interview that poor packaging is to a large extent responsible for low consumption of locally produced goods.
More at All Africa

HP brings breakthrough innovations to drupa
HP will show its breakthrough HP PrintOS for the first time at drupa 2016. The cloud-based operating system reinvents how customers manage print production. This is just one of the highlights that HP will present in its portfolio of digital printing solutions at drupa.
More at Ink World

EFI acquires ink company Rialco
EFI bought the Bradford-based color and dye specialist Rialco for an undisclosed sum. EFI said it planned to enhance its inkjet portfolio with Rialco’s advanced ink component capabilities as well as growing the business into new areas. Some of EFI’s new products will be presented at drupa.
More at Print Week

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