Future Links November 21st 2014

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature the benefits of 3D printing in product development, Cambrian Genomics new financing round, the 13th stop of the Image to Print roadshow, the industry’s preparation for new EU packaging regulations, new business models for digital textile printing, a report about the global screen printing machine industry and a new ink that changes colors when the humidity changes.

Faster product development thanks to 3D printing
Marty Snider, president of MSA Products Inc. in Nyack, used to have his kitchen, bath and closet organizational products designed and turned into prototypes in China, then the samples were mailed back and forth until arriving at a finished product. Thanks to 3D printing, he can eliminate much of the back and forth, which shortens the development process.
More at USA Today

Cambrian Genomics raised 10 million USD to print DNA
The biotech company Cambrian Genomics has made headlines recently with its ability to print the DNA sequences of glowing plants. Now, the company wants to print a virus that kills off certain bacteria. The company has worked for Glaxo Smith Kline, according to press reports. It’s also in talks to formalize a similar business relationship with Roche.
More at Venture Beat

Image to Print roadshow successful in Budapest
The Image to Print roadshow completed its 13th stop in Hungary. On the agenda were market developments, strategies and technical innovations in inks and printing tools, along with printing and laminating machines for rotogravure and flexographic applications.
More at Packaging Europe

Industry prepares for new EU packaging regulations
The new EU regulation No1169/2011 comes into force on December 13 (with a second deadline of December 2016 for changes to nutritional information) and involves new requirements in terms of the amount of information and the minimum type size. John Corrall, managing director at Cambridge-based Industrial Inkjet Systems, has warned that many printers and packers are effectively “in the dark” about the likely impact of the regulations.
More at Print Week

New business models emerge for digital textile printing
Digital textile printing not only allows for almost unlimited creative expression but also reduces labor by up to 95 percent, as Mark Abramson, developer of the ThinFolio custom wallet, explained at a recent talk at the FESPA Digital Textile Printing Conference in Istanbul. He also demonstrates how digital textile printing can give rise to new and innovative business models. The video of his presentation is now online.
More at FESPA

An in-depth look at the global screen printing machine industry
The Global Screen Printing Machine Industry Report 2014 is now available. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The screen printing machine market analysis is provided for the international markets. The report also includes development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status.
More at Globe Newswire

Innovative ink changes color when humidity changes
Chinese researchers were inspired by a longhorn beetle species when they developed a photonic crystal ink that can produce unique color changing patterns. The ink can be printed on an inkjet system and may be used to make it harder to counterfeit money. It also shows promise for other applications including displays and wearable sensors.
More at Chemistry World 

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