PP+S Blog
10 May 2018

PP+S Resource List #010


Organic printing inks may restore sight to blind people
Direct electrical neuro-stimulation with organic pigment photo-capacitors

A simple retinal prosthesis is under development. Fabricated using cheap and widely-available organic pigments used in printing inks and cosmetics, it consists of tiny pixels like a digital camera sensor on a nanometric scale. Researchers hope that it can restore sight to blind people.

Reiner presents new yellow ink
Ernst REINER GmbH & Co KG, producer of mobile marking devices, expands its ink range by yellow ink. The yellow solvent-based ink was developed to permit safe and mobile marking for materials of dark colours that used to be difficult to print on before.

“In development of the yellow ink P1-MP6-YE, we put the greatest value on good visibility on dark materials, as well as on optimal adhesion on materials that are difficult to print on, while keeping the drying time short”

Smart 3D printing ink allows structures to change shape and colour
Researchers from Dartmouth College created a new ink that changes size and colour when introduced to various stimuli.

3D printers create everything from prosthetic limbs to houses and even food. However a new type of ink could expand those capabilities even more. Researchers from Dartmouth College created a new type of smart ink that could lead to an entirely new style of 3D printed materials.

Printing body parts in hospital shows 3D tech’s growing reach
Three-dimensional printers are letting doctors in Minnesota make simulated body parts in a hospital and a Brooklyn start-up create rocket engines designed to put satellites into orbit, executives said Thursday at an event hosted by General Electric Co.

“We’ve been manufacturing inside the hospital,” Morris said. The hospital does not make implants but can stimulate body parts to help surgeons decide how to do an operation, or can make guides for cutting and drilling during surgery, he said.

Last year, the clinic (Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota) printed 1,200 devices for about 700 patients, more than twice as many as the year before.


The new 100% recyclable packaging target is no use if our waste isn’t actually recycled
Commonwealth, state and territory environment ministers last week agreed on an ambitious target that 100% of Australian packaging be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025. This is no doubt sensible, given the turmoil sparked by China’s crackdown on waste imports.

Having a 100% target is fantastic. But this does not mean that all of the waste we generate in 2015 will necessarily find its way to one of these destinations.

Reusable Packaging Association launches Switch, Save + Sell Campaign
The campaign demonstrates how food distribution can be more efficient, effective, and sustainable in a reusable packaging system, generating positive top line, bottom line, and environmental results.

Packaging-free grocery store in New Taipei offers new approach to waste reduction
Customers are encouraged to bring their own containers for food shopping.

“Unpackaged.U”, a packaging-free grocery store in Sanchong of New Taipei, has gained popularity in the neighbourhood with a growing number of customers who share a commitment to reducing waste.

Green packaging market growing at a CAGR of 6.50% over the forecast period
Green packaging is a form of carbon that finds usage in various industries like steel, electronics, energy and automotive. Owing to its excellence physical and chemical properties like light weighted-ness, high mechanical strength, thermal resistance and lubrication, and chemical inertness, Green Packaging has witnessed increasing utility across industries in recent years. This has led to considerable growth in the industry.

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