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This special interest area of WhatTheyThink focuses on emerging trends in the rapidly-growing area of industrial printing. It features commentary and analysis on technical and business trends in industrial printing including 3D Printing, industrial inkjet, functional printing and other areas printing technology is used within industrial applications and manufacturing.

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Commentary & Analysis

SGIA Becomes an Association Partner with InPrint; Interview with SGIA President Ford Bowers

As interest in industrial printing gains momentum, the inaugural InPrint USA Industrial Print Show will take place in Orlando in April. We spoke with SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers about industrial printing in general and the upcoming show in particular.

Michigan Tech Study: 3D Printing Ready for Prime Time

Study on 3D printing concludes that 3D production is now ready for the mainstream and every home. How does this impact MSPs using or considering using 3D printing as a way to get customers in the door?

Think 3D Printing is Not for You? Think Again!

3D printing was one of six focused areas at drupa 2016. Most printing operations are probably wondering how this can apply to their businesses. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne has some ideas to share that will shed light on the subject.

HP Set to Revolutionize Prototyping/Manufacturing with Jet Fusion 3D

It’s been some time since HP first announced it would be entering the 3D printing market with a production-class printer and it is finally show time. The HP Jet Fusion 3 Printing Solution will be unveiled at RAPID, the largest 3D additive manufacturing conference. As promised, the printer is 10X faster and half the cost of its nearest competitor.

Advanced Materials for Advanced Applications

Gearing up for drupa yet? At WhatTheyThink, we are. In fact, our drupa page is already up, so be sure to follow the news as the show gets closer! One of the areas worth investigating when you go to drupa is the developing area of advanced materials, whether it is resins for 3D printing, conductive inks, or advanced inkjet ink formulas.

Inkjet Ecosystems: Notes From EFI Connect 2016

EFI is integrating hardware and software for specialty printing applications, as well as making the most of its many recent acquisitions. Here are some wide-format-related highlights.

3D Printing Makes Room for a Fourth “D”

Just when we thought that the definition of “printing” had been pushed to the limit, along comes a new one that envisions morphing objects made of self-assembling materials.

HP 3D: Changing the Future with Additive Manufacturing

After doing a multi-year stint managing the established imaging and printing businesses for HP, Steve Nigro is back doing what he loves – running a start-up business. His current role is President, 3D Printing, at HP, Inc., with worldwide responsibility for creating and scaling HP’s 3D business.

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Video preview: Printing Firm LaGwana Finds Value in 3D Printing

Printing Firm LaGwana Finds Value in 3D Printing

Published: April 4, 2017

Dan Byler, President of LaGwana, a printing firm in Indiana, acquired a 3D printer to explore its possibilities and it's been worth the investment! The company modeled its new building, which led to new business in the Architectural arena; was able to print a repair part for a digital press; and is selling furniture models to Amish furniture builders! Hear the whole story.


Video preview: InPrint Industrial Printing Show Coming to Orlando in 2017

InPrint Industrial Printing Show Coming to Orlando in 2017

Published: February 27, 2017

Frazer Chesterman, co-founder of the Show, explains why graphic arts professionals can benefit from attending. With the growing number of solutions and applications in the industrial print arena making their way into the graphic arts domain, including packaging and wide format, the show offers a learning and networking opportunity that should not be missed.


Video preview: Why You Should Attend InPrint US in Orlando in April

Why You Should Attend InPrint US in Orlando in April

Published: February 9, 2017

Are you planning to attend InPrint, the industrial printing show in Orlando in April? Maybe you think industrial print doesn't apply to you. But take a look at this video with show co-founder Frazer Chesterman who explains what it means and why it is important for print and packaging service providers to pay attention. As he explains, we're not talking about additive manufacturing as much as we are talking about different ways inkjet deposition technologies are being used for industrial purposes, including home decor. We'll see you at the show. Don't be left behind!


Video preview: Mural Wall Printing by Zeescape

Mural Wall Printing by Zeescape

Published: December 9, 2016

An Australian company has developed an inkjet printing system that prints on walls — right, walls. Zeescape has created a new category of inkjet printer: wide format, flatbed, 3D, and now vertical.


Video preview: 3D Made Easy at Graph Expo 2016

3D Made Easy at Graph Expo 2016

Published: October 4, 2016

John Carrington, CEO of ZVerse, shares his thoughts on his first experience exhibiting at Graph Expo and talks about how his company can help printing firms add 3D printing solutions as a new revenue-generating offering with little investment. ZVerse exhibited in the Konica Minolta booth at the show.


Video preview: Carisma Large Format Adds 3D Value to 2D Printing with MASSIVit 3D

Carisma Large Format Adds 3D Value to 2D Printing with MASSIVit 3D

Published: August 22, 2016

The first installation of a MASSIVit 1800 3D printer in North America at Carisma Large Format in New York has enabled the company to produce very unusual and compelling 2D/3D bus and truck wraps for the likes of Sony, who took advantage of these capabilities to promote the Angry Birds movie. Gil explains what it takes to add 3D to the mix.


Video preview: Xaar Enters 3D Printing Market with New Print Heads

Xaar Enters 3D Printing Market with New Print Heads

Published: August 9, 2016

Neil Hopkinson, Director of 3D Printing for Xaar, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about new offerings the company showed at drupa 2016 to enable high volume 3D printing and the cost-effective manufacture of products that could not be made before. He claims the company will be able to deliver some of the highest speeds in the market.


Video preview: Kodak's CEO Jeff Clarke on Functional Printing, 3D Printing, and Kodak's Industrial Print Strategy

Kodak's CEO Jeff Clarke on Functional Printing, 3D Printing, and Kodak's Industrial Print Strategy

Published: August 8, 2016

Jeff Clarke, Kodak's CEO, talks with Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor, about functional printing, 3D printing, and Kodak's future strategies in this area, including its new development partnership with Silicon Valley based Carbon 3D.


Video preview: Konica Minolta and Z-Verse Partner to Make 3D Printing Easy

Konica Minolta and Z-Verse Partner to Make 3D Printing Easy

Published: February 16, 2016

Gavin Jordan-Smith, Vice President at Konica Minolta, talks about its unique relationship with Z-Verse to deliver a service that turns 2D images into 3D objects -- a service that makes 3D printing easy. Simply upload a 2D image and it is automatically converted to a 3D file printed! How easy is that?


Video preview: Think it's hard to get into 3D printing? Z-Verse says think again.

Think it's hard to get into 3D printing? Z-Verse says think again.

Published: January 26, 2016

John Carrington, Co-Founder and CEO of Z-Verse, explains how printing companies can enter 3D printing with no investment or special expertise. Very interesting!


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INX Digital’s industrial print solutions at InPrint USA get products to market faster

Fujifilm to Demonstrate Extensive Range of Package Printing and Industrial Inkjet Applications at InPrintUSA 

Agfa Graphics at InPrint 2017 – integrating print in manufacturing

Mack Brooks Exhibitions Announces Inaugural Global Industrial Inkjet Conference

Sun Chemical to Showcase Wide Range of Capabilities for Industrial Print Applications at InPrint USA 2017

ColorGATE at InPrint 2017 for the first time in Orlando

Upgrading to Xaar 1003C Printhead Delivers Quality, Reliabilty and Efficiency Savings in Tile Decoration

Phoseon Technology Exhibits LED Curing Solutions at InPrint USA

ICE USA and InPrint USA Announce Strong Registration Numbers for Upcoming 2017 Shows

Flexible electronic devices with roll-to-roll overmolding technology

Leading technology providers amongst exhibitors at InPrint 2017 in Munich

GIS Brings Latest Innovations to Inaugural InPrint USA Event

InPrint USA Releases Survey and Report On Market Opportunities for Inkjet Print Technology in Packaging 

TheIJC 2017 announces first programme details

Smithers Apex to host printed electronics roundtable on car of the future at LOPEC

InPrint USA, the Industrial Print Show, Announces Schedule for Digital Print Industry Educational Sessions  

Tonejet becomes first Global Packaging Partner of InPrint for 2017

DuPont Electronics & Communications and Holst Centre Extend Collaboration on Printed Electronics Research and Application Development

SNS Fire Conference Names Link3D a 2017 Firestarter Company

2017 Call for Presentations for the SGIA Printed Electronics Symposium

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