Future Links September 1st

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers the benefits of 3D printing in ship modeling, a new bioprinter aimed at bioengineering students and research facilities, the fitness industry’s experiments with 3D printing, Avery Dennison’s wrap challenge, Bordeaux’ new products for digital textile printing, tomato plant fibers for more sustainable packaging and a virtual prototyping tool for PET bottles.

The Hamburg ship model basin cuts lead times with 3D printing
The Hamburg ship model basin is nonprofit organization that provides research and consultancy services to the maritime industry around the world. The organization has supported the shipbuilding industry for more than a century and has developed a deep understanding of ship and offshore hydrodynamics, propeller design and arctic technology in the process. Now, it uses a Stratasys 3D printer and has reduced lead times for their prototype ship model components by 70 percent and production costs by 30 percent.
More at 3D Print

New bioprinter caters to the needs of bioengineering students
Swedish start-up Cellink is getting ready to present a 3D bioprinter that has the potential to move the whole area of bioprinting a step forward. The printer’s price point lies at 5000 USD, thus inexpensive enough for university labs and smaller medical research and testing facilities.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Fitness gear industry starts to embrace 3D printing
The fitness industry is always looking for novelties and improvement and while 3D printing is not quite ready for prime time yet, Nike, Brooks, and New Balance have already dabbled in 3D-printed athletic shoes. Other manufacturers are producing 3D printed insoles and ankle protectors as well as custom-fitted protective gear.
More at Shape

Avery Dennison Graphics announces ‘wrap like a king’ challenge
Vehicle wrap installers from seven geographic regions around the globe can now submit commercial or color-change wrap projects, to be judged by a panel of industry experts. The first 25 submissions in the Challenge will receive a special entry prize. Avery Dennison ran the challenge in the United States in 2013 and 2014 and is now expanding it to Europe.
More at FESPA

Bordeaux to introduce new digital product for textiles
Bordeaux Velvet Jet division is about to unveil a new technology for direct-to-garment printing. The company recently made a strategic commitment to broaden its scope and offer new products for the fashion, home decor and soft signage industries. According to the company, the new Velvet Jet product would give garment manufacturers more versatility in their printing processes.
More at Print Week

Tomato plant fibers for more sustainable solid board
Tomatoes are often sold in cardboard baskets. Solidus Solutions, formerly a unit of Smurfit Kappa, has now developed a method that uses tomato plant fibers in solid cardboard. The wood fibers in the waste paper can be reused many times and are consequently a valuable raw material for cardboard manufacturers.
More at Packaging Europe

Virtual prototyping tool reduces risk for PET packaging manufacturers
R&D/Leverage’s new Opti-Sim virtual prototyping tool lets PET packagers model a bottle concept’s impact on engineering, operations and marketing by performing a complete range of diagnostic, real-world simulations. This not only reduces time to market and material needed for prototyping but also reduces the risk for PET packagers who can test the design thoroughly.
More at Packaging Digest