PP+S Blog
07 Jun 2018

Resource List #011


One-step, 3D printing for multi-material projects
Similar to the advance from black and white to colour printing, a Washington State University research team for the first time has used 3D printing technology in a one-step process to print structures made of two different materials

The advance could potentially help manufacturers reduce manufacturing steps and use one machine to make complex products with multiple parts in one operation. Until now, 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has been limited to using mostly one material at a time.

Scientists have 3D printed the most advanced artificial cornea ever using human cells
They’re not ready for human eyes yet, but one day these artificial corneas might help people see.

Scientists have 3D printed the thin protective film over the eye, called the cornea, using human cells – and it’s the most advanced version of an artificial cornea yet. Should the technology improve, it could help millions of people see again.

We can now make super accurate 3D printed models of patient’s brains
It all started when a PhD student got a brain tumour. Brian Keating, who was earning his doctorate from MIT’s Media Lab’s Mediated Matter group, wanted a better understanding of what was happening in his head before he had surgery to get the tumour removed. He wanted to see the tumour up there – to hold it.

Digital printing and packaging
Inkjet ink manufacturers are seeing more opportunities in the packaging segment, as well as other industrial applications.

Digital printing continues to be a major growth area, with movement into new segments such as packaging coming along quickly.

8 print artists that will inspire you to try silk screen printing at home
Today, we have many perks to life thanks to technology. What was once a far more arduous process, is simplified with the right mechanisms. One of these labour-inducing tasks of the past is the act of creating copies or prints of art. The hardest part of creating copies of a print today is pushing a button or waiting for the printer to warm up. In the past, people didn’t have this distinct advantage, so they found manual ways to make prints – silk screen printing – which actually turned out to be a truly viable form of art.


Survey: ‘UK shoppers favour glass bottles and jars’
Glass packaging – 100% recyclable and non-toxic – is proving to be a hit with shoppers, according to a new survey by Friends of Glass.

Crucially, glass bottles and jars are made from recycled glass, sand, soda ash and limestone. All of the raw ingredients of glass occur in nature, and its unique properties mean that if a glass container wee to end up in the ocean or landfill, rather than being recycled, it will not release any harmful chemicals that may pollute and harm our marine system.

Digimarc Barcode has the ‘potential to fundamentally change packaging’
‘Visual codes such as UPS (Universal Product Codes) and QP (Quick Response) have been around for decades. They are ‘artefacts’ of a time when machines required visual symbologies.’

But according to Larry Logan, senior marketing and brand executive, Digimarc, based in Portland, Oregon, that is no longer the case today and claims its Digimarc Barcode has the potential to fundamentally change retail and packaging globally.

Corrugated paper packaging: solutions for a sustainable economy
Corrugated paper packaging is made up of 88 percent recycled content.

Corrugated paper is made from simple ingredients: air-pocketed paper, along with glue made from wheat or maize. This means that should corrugated paper packaging end up in nature, it’s harmless rather than catastrophic. A corrugated box that ends up in the ocean will biodegrade within two months.


The NC Museum of Art is bringing the art outside the gallery to the museum’s walls
The new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art has been attracting crowds who are drawn to the interactive light and sound displays.

The latest event for “You are Here: Light, Colour, and Sound Experiences” takes the experience outside and onto the museum walls.

New digital art exhibit adds sparkle to MBS
Visitors to Marina Bay Sands (MBS) can now create art with their footsteps, watch fish swimming beneath their feet, or set off fireworks.

A new digital art exhibition at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands allow visitors to do all these and more with their body movements or their mobile phones.

Digital signage improves the passenger journey through airports
Using the right combination of digital signage can create strong images for passengers when travelling through the airport that are informative.

Digital signage offers many advantages over traditional static signs. They allow content to rotate, make updating content easy, and provide interactivity with touch-enabled screens.

Content is the lifeblood of digital signage
Digital signage is only as effective as the content it displays. With the digital signage market becoming more saturated and competitive, and as consumers place more stock in mobile options for information delivery, it becomes imperative that a premium is placed on content that is both engaging and memorable.

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