Future Links May 12th 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers Disney researching variable activation 3D printed controls, Jigsaw CCS’ massive expansion, Triangle Label adding inkjet printing, GE 3D printed working mini engine, annoying over-packaging, Australian office supply store introducing 3D printing services and Vink acquiring PaperlinX Visual Technology Solutions.

Disney researches variable activation 3D printed controls
The Walt Disney Company has always been a leader in the entertainment industry and thus explored the possibilities of 3D printing as well. The latest paper by researchers from HCI Institute, Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research Pittsburgh deals with the concept of 3D printed objects capable of variable activation forces.
More at 3D Print

Jigsaw CCS plans massive expansion
UK direct mailing and hand fulfillment specialist Jigsaw CCS announced that its ongoing investment strategy has enabled it to achieve massive expansion. Having invested 60.000 £ in future growth plans, the company says it has been able to increase its letter and color envelope printing capacity and also boosted its portfolio of services.
More at Print Monthly

Triangle Label adds inkjet printing
As the label industry continues on a steady path of change, many label printers see a future defined by opportunities. For that reason, the flexographic shop Triangle Label invested in a Screen Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label press. The company says it recognized that high-speed digital printing is the future of the label industry and wanted the ability to print higher quantities of labels, at higher speeds, with less cost per copy.
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GE 3D prints working mini engine
More and more aviation and car companies are starting to use 3D printed parts for their vehicles. But GE went a step further recently. At a tech demonstration, researchers built a miniature, backpack-sized jet engine that they made entirely from 3D printed parts.
More at Forbes

Annoying over-packaging
When it comes to sustainability, most consumers get annoyed by over-packaging because of its wastefulness. At the same time, they are creative in finding other ways to reuse empty packages. These are the results from a survey conducted by Packaging Digest in partnership with Watch Me Think USA.
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Australian office supply store introduces 3D printing services
Earlier this year, office supply chain Staples launched a new program in Canada offering 3D printing in several of its stores. Now, this trend is continued by an Australian company. Retail chain Officeworks will offer 3D printing services, starting with the opening of its “3D Experience Centre” in Melbourne this week.
More at Ferret

Vink acquires PaperlinX Visual Technology Solutions
Vink Holdings Limited has bought the assets of PaperlinX Visual Technology Solutions business in the UK. The new business is trading as Europoint and will be led by Frank Moran as Managing Director.
More at Large Format Review