Future Links October 15th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers 3D printers at Apple’s secret input lab, the growing market for anti-counterfeit food packaging, Iris van Herpen’s 3D printed dress, International Print Day, sustainable healthcare packaging, the benefits of clickable paper and DuPont’s new interactive ink.

3D printers spotted at Apple’s secret input lab
When Backchannel was granted an exclusive look behind the scenes of Apple’s secret input lab close to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, the reporters learned about all the testing devices that are used to make sure Apple’s mice, keyboard and trackpads function as intended. Among them: A 3D printer. Apple uses its MakerBot to create custom cradles and other structures to hold devices at optimal angles for testing.
More at Backchannel

The market for anti-counterfeit food packaging is growing
Every year millions of people are deceived into buying counterfeited food and beverages, posing significant health and safety risks. This has led to a rising demand for anti-counterfeit packaging (ACP), according to a study by Allied Market Research. The market is expected to reach 62.5 billion USD globally by 2020. The Asia Pacific region is projected to be the fastest growing area.
More at Food Processing

Iris van Herpen presents 3D printed dress
3D printing fashion pioneer Iris van Herpen designed a dress that was made using 3D printing, laser cutting and weaving technology. The circular dress was created live during Iris van Herpen’s Spring Summer 2016 show.
More at de zeen

Print professionals around the world celebrated International Print Day
Print professionals around the world have used social media to highlight the creativity, importance and power of print and paper – and get both trending on Twitter and other social media platforms. Last year 8,683 tweets were delivered to 23,023,968 feeds from 1,271 contributors. The organizers hope to have an even higher turnout this year.
More at Print Week

Healthcare packaging with build-in sustainability
Recycling is a good option but it can be improved when sustainability is build-in right from the start. Industrial designer Karra Erickson talks in an interview about how she made healthcare packaging for an over-the-counter ointment more sustainable. Her choices included soy ink, paperboard sourced from local suppliers and water-based food-safe adhesives.
More at Healthcare Packaging

The benefits of clickable paper in cross-media campaigns
The gap between print and digital is closing. Interactive paper makes it easy for printers to enhance the value of traditional print with a variety of online content, information and mobile communications. Offering Ricoh’s Clickable Paper service can encourage marketers to expand their use of print because it becomes micro-measurable, just like digital marketing campaigns.
More at Graphic Repro Online

DuPont offers new in-mold electronic inks
DuPont Microcircuit Materials is launching a suite of new electronic inks. By printing circuits directly onto plastic substrates, touch controls, such as electronic buttons, switches and slides, are readily integrated in applications such as home appliances and automobiles.
More at Ink World Magazine

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