Future Links May 22nd 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature 3D printed objects glowing in the dark, customer loyalty depending on delivery packaging, 3D printing in the breast implant industry, EU support for 3D printing, Mimaki’s ink accreditation and the benefits of decoupling packaging development.

New coating lets 3D printed objects glow in the dark
It feels like there’s a new 3D printing technology popping up every day. But we have also been seeing many developments in the science of 3D printable materials. For example, Made in Space just released their space-approved filament to the consumer market. Now, a new 3D printing process developed by researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) may enable us to create bright and glowing glow-in-the-dark objects on-demand.
More at 3Ders

Fighting against counterfeit product packaging
Sometimes packaging is as important to the brand identity as the product itself. Think of the iconic Coca-Cola bottle that has become a true symbol in itself. So not just physical products are counterfeited these days, but the packaging itself can have intellectual property, patent and trademark protection. In the cable business for example, Reflex now leads the battle against knockoff wire cartons and has embarked on an anti-counterfeiting campaign.
More at Cepro

Customer loyalty depends on delivery packaging
As said above, the importance of packaging cannot be overstated. However, most discussions on the topic tend to focus on the labeled box, can or cover the usable product comes in. But nearly 52 % of customers who were surveyed for a study conducted by Dotcom Distribution revealed that they made repeat purchases from online merchants that delivered the product in premium, uniquely branded boxes or bags. So with ecommerce replacing physical stores, there is a growing need to study the impact of the delivery package as well.
More at Customer Think

3D printing may transform breast implant industry
We live in a world where there’s a lot of pressure to look good. When coupled with surviving breast cancer and reconstructive surgery, women need every bit of help they can get in order to feel good about themselves. Fripp Design Research from the UK has developed a new technology that allows 3D printing with silicone. This unique product, which is still in development, would mean that patients not only have to spend less time under anesthesia in the operating room, but would also be guaranteed a personal fit for their implant.
More at 3D Print

EU supports 3D printing
Not only Asian governments see the potential in 3D printing; Europe is investing in the future as well. If you have an idea for a 3D printing service operating in Europe, you can apply for the FABulous EU funded investment program awarding up to 5.4 million € in funding for SME’s, startups, and entrepreneurs. The first call already closed but the second one is open until 18th June at 17.00 CET.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Mimaki receives ink accreditation
Wide-format manufacturer Mimaki has received the Greenguard Gold Certification for its range of high-quality inks. Greenguard Certified products must adhere to strict health and safety criteria be safe for use in sensitive environments like medical facilities and schools.
More at Print Monthly

Benefits of decoupling packaging development
In the old packaging model, the agency of record would not only be responsible for the design, they would also oversee all of the premedia and packaging production with a specified printer. The process of decoupling separates the execution from the package design. For example, a brand may work with one or more agency of record to drive their packaging strategy. CEO Julien Tessier of Diadeis North America discusses in an Packaging Digest interview how brand owners can get the most out of the packaging production process.
More at Packaging Digest

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