ESA is testing a 3D printed satellite antenna
Reducing weight is critical in most space exploration endeavors. The European Space Agency is now testing a 3D printed radio antenna that has been copper-plated to give it an even coat to give it its proper radio-frequency performance requirements. The goal behind 3D printing components is to lower costs and to allow faster manufacturing.
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Spectra Packaging launches invisible ink to combat counterfeiting
Spectra Packaging of the UK has launched a new print technique to help counter brand counterfeiting. The technology called Illuminate is an invisible print technique that fluoresces and is revealed when exposed under ultraviolet light. The invisible print pattern lights up when exposed to UV light, providing an anti-counterfeit packaging solution for customers wishing to protect their brand.
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University of Texas buys 3D printer for human tissue
3D printing tissue and organs is still a niche application and there aren’t many bioprinters in use. The University of Texas at San Antonio plans to change that. Its biomedical engineering has acquired a 3D printer that can print tissues and potentially regenerate organs.
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MarkForged unveils new fiberglass 3D printing material
Fiberglass is a fantastic material due to its strength and versatility but working with fiberglass can be tricky. With the release of the Mark Two composite 3D printer, MarkForged also introduced a new material, a type of fiberglass that is stronger and more heat-resistant than the firm’s previous fiberglass material, making it ideal for use in the automotive and aerospace industries.
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Ricoh announces Total Flow book printing solution
Books on demand are gaining in popularity and Ricoh is responding to the increasing demand. The company has announced its newest TotalFlow solution that improves visibility into and streamlining of short run and on demand book production. This new offering addresses the challenges faced by book printers who seek tools to seamlessly track and complete modern book printing jobs.
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New functional pharmaceutical packaging concept introduced
Bemis Healthcare Packaging and Presto Products developed a new packaging concept for pharmaceuticals that uses flexible packaging instead of paperboard cartons to protect blister packs. The centerpiece of the packaging design is a pouch that provides both child-resistance (CR) and barrier protection for prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The design also offers merchandising flexibility for retailers and pharmacies. The pouch features Presto’s Child-Guard CR track and slider, a closure designed to be difficult for kids to open but easy and intuitive for seniors.
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Xeikon introduces Trillium One press
Xeikon has unveiled its first liquid toner Trillium press, developed with partner Miyakoshi and aimed at the commercial and DM print sectors, at its pre-drupa press conference. The company said the machine would be cheaper than inkjet on high coverage print. The 60m/min (800ppm) twin-CMYK duplex machine uses Xeikon’s existing LED imaging to create print at up to 1,200dpi resolution. It is expected to enter the market in the second quarter of 2017.
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Source: Drupa Newsroom