Future Links October 21st

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers a breakthrough in stem cell printing, Epson’s support of the ‘Print Your Vision’ project, a large-scale 3D printed iridescent structure, advances in electronic printing, the effect of ‘Macho Nacho’ packaging, Treofan’s new equipment and new on the drupa blog: Company makes recycling warm and fuzzy.

Researchers achieve breakthrough in stem cell printing
Researchers at Hariot-Watt University are claiming to have achieved a breakthrough in 3D stem cell printing. The researchers put together a 3D printer capable of working with delicate stem cells, which could pave the way for individually tailored drug testing regimes and reduce the need for animal testing.
More at BBC

Epson to present ‘Print Your Vision’ textile project
To promote digital textile printing, Epson, For.Tex and F.lli Robustelli will present the ‘Print Your Vision’ project at ITMA 2015. The project asked designers to reinterpret designs preserved in the Como Antonio Ratti Foundation Textile Museum’s archives. Print your Vision is a link between past and future, making it possible to combine the vast Como cultural heritage with new technological scenarios that will influence textile sector in the future.
More at fibre2fashion

3D print iridescent structure presents new way of architectural printing
A 12-meter long undulating sculpture called ‘Iridescence Print’ is the first ever large-scale architectural structure to be automatically 3D printed entirely by robotic machines. The structure was unveiled at the Tokyo Salon in Paris and was designed and made by Gramazio Kohler Research in Zurich, an institute that combines digital manufacturing and architectural production.
More at 3ders

Naval Research Lab makes advances in electronic printing
By uniting two previously separate lines of study, researchers from the Naval Research Laboratory demonstrate the potential of a 3D printing technique called LIFT to custom manufacture electronic components. The researchers combined two technologies, one to create a thin film and the second to ‘cut’ designs out of the film, to create a potentially powerful tool to create custom electronic components.
More at Newswise

Gender specific packaging influences food-buying decisions
A new study indicates that gender-specific packaging influences what people buy and how healthy they perceive the food to be. More stereotypically feminine packaging, with subtle colors and script-style fonts, is used for healthier foods, while more masculine packaging with bold colors and large fonts is often wrapped around less healthy items. The study called ‘Macho Nacho’ was published in the journal Social Psychology.
More at CBC

New on the drupa blog: Company makes recycling warm and fuzzy
The start-up Thread in Pittsburgh has developed a model that gets plastic bottles off the streets and back into the economy and provides income for families in need. The company collects the bottles, turns them into fabric filament and fiber spun into yarn and knitted or woven into fabrics.
More at the article.

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