Future Links May 5th 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature MoonRay’s high-resolution desktop printer, Orora’s print and packaging awards, the first 3D printed augmented reality cockpit, new training programs at CP Academy, BioBot’s tissue printer, ways to print directly onto PET bottles and an technical innovation award for Nuova Gidue.

MoonRay desktop 3D printer can print at 100 microns
The newest desktop 3D printers easily surpass their predecessors in terms of quality and resolution. The most recent example: The MoonRay desktop printer. It prints out high quality items with resolution as low as 100 microns on the X/Y axis and 20 microns on the Z axis.
More at Slashgear

Orora wins print and packaging awards
Orora, one of New Zealand’s leading print and packaging companies, has won 14 gold medals at the 2015 Pride in Print Awards. It was also recognized with five highly commended awards. The awards pay special attention to technical excellence and innovative use of materials, design and typography.
More at Monufacturers’ Monthly

First 3D printed augmented reality cockpit launched
Artist Micah Ganske combined virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D print to create a unique cockpit. The 6-foot tall cockpit took him 75 days of print time to complete. With virtual/augmented reality equipment, users are taken on a virtual tour through Ganskie’s previous artwork from his “The Future is Always Tomorrow” exhibition.
More at 3D Print

CP Academy expands its offerings
CPrint Academy offers courses on such topics as customer service, paper, type, prepress, pricing and other print subjects that are used every day in the print shop. Now, it has added quizzes and testing to its collection of online print industry-specific training programs.
More at My Print Resource

BioBot combines computer science and chemistry
Instead of plastic, BioBots’ 3D printer uses a special ink that can be combined with biomaterials and living cells to build 3D living tissue and miniature human organs. The use-case at this point is for research and pre-clinical screening, such as drug testing and not for printing actual organs.
More at Tech Crunch

Advances in direct digital PET bottle printing
Pet bottle labels have been getting progressively thinner and new materials have been used to increase recyclability. Now, KHS enables beverage companies to print labels and logos directly onto their PET bottles. This direct digital printing process provides much more flexibility than classic roll-fed labeling technology and the smallest batches can be adorned with customized images.
More at Packaging Europe

Nuova Gidue wins technical innovation award
The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) has named Nuova Gidue as the winner of its 2015 Technical Innovation Award for its system of technologies under the name Digital Flexo Excellence. Digital Flexo Excellence aims to optimize the flexo print process through automation.
More at Labels & Labeling

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