Future Links November 30th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers Autodesk’s advocacy for 3D printing in Thailand, 3D printing and printed electronics coming together, Stora Enso’s new innovation center, a white paper about 3D printing and IP issues, a new general manager for production print at Konica Minolta, good reasons not to compete on price alone and new on the drupa blog: interactive newsprint points to the future.

Autodesk strongly advocates 3D printing in Thailand
The engineering, 3D and design firm Autodesk is convinced that 3D printing is the future of manufacturing. It says the government should encourage industries to shift from conventional manufacturing methods to digital manufacturing technologies to create value by improving operational effectiveness and product innovation.
More at Bangkok Post

3D printing and printed electronics come together
IDTechEx Show has included both 3D printing and printed electronics in the past but this year, it became clear that the two areas are coming together to form a new eco-system. There are still only a handful of companies in this business, but they generate lots of innovative products and great ideas.
More at Printed Electronics World

Stora Enso opens innovation center in Helsinki
To work together with with customers and other stakeholders to develop innovative and sustainable packaging concepts is the goal of Stora Enso’s new innovation center. The company opened the center at its headquarters in Helsinki. The center features a packaging design lab, presentation areas with advanced touch screen technology and virtual reality retail technology.
More at Packaging News

European law firm looks at 3D printing IP issues
The topic ‘intellectual property and 3D printing’ has created more questions than answers in most of the recent discussions. Now, the Dutch law firm De Clercq Advocaten Notarissen has issued a white paper that covers intellectual property law and copyright law as well as product liability and 3D printing. The paper is based on Dutch law, which is consistent with the EU Directives.
More at 3ders

Anthony Lewis new general manager for production print at Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta has appointed Anthony Lewis to the role of general manager, Production Printing, effective December 7. Lewis will be responsible for the sales and support of the production printing business, overseeing Konica Minolta’s dedicated team of sales professionals, technical service staff, and pre-sales support and trainers. He has more than 23 years’ experience in the printing industry and has demonstrated success in several professional roles.
More at i-Grafix

Good reasons not to compete on price alone
Print Media Centr has shared the first results of a survey about the factors that influence pint customers’ buying decisions. The most important result: It’s not price. In fact, the second most important thing to print buyers is their relationship with their printers (26 %), and cost was third at 20 %. The full survey results, including the number one factor, will be shared by the authors at a later date.
More at Print Media Centr

New on the drupa blog: Interactive newsprint points to the future
A team of researchers at the Media Innovation Studio at University of Central Lancashire looked closely at newspaper pages. They saw much more than just ink and paper: They envisioned the printed page to become an interactive surface connected to the internet of things (IoT) that would respond to touch and offer audio playback and other unexpected features.
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