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Industrial Print

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.

Commentary & Analysis

Wide Format: Now and Venn (Premium Content)

What do we talk about when we talk about “wide format”? How is the term definitionally changing—and what does it even mean anymore? And more importantly, how does whatever we define as “wide format” play nice with other kinds of printing such as industrial, packaging, and commercial? And how can we navigate the “convergence” of these different print silos? Read on for more.

How MakerBot Is Shaping a 3D Future in Industry and Education (Premium Content)

For a dozen years, Forrest Leighton held marketing roles at Canon USA, and then spent four years with Marcomm Central. Today, he is Vice President of Marketing at MakerBot, a Stratasys company and a global leader in desktop 3D printing solutions. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with him recently to learn more about MakerBot and how 3D printing might be a relevant opportunity for commercial, sign & display graphics, packaging and textile printers.

InPrint Reflections: Moving the (Digitally Printed) Goalposts

A major theme of last week’s InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference in Chicago was the emerging distinction between two specific kinds of industrial printing: printing as part of a larger manufacturing process and what we have often called specialty printing. The conference explored the differences between them, where the growth areas are, and what the drivers of that growth are. Read on for some reflections on the conference.

Direct-to-Shape: An Intriguing Corner of Digital Print for Packaging (Premium Content)

Within the direct-to-shape printing for packaging market, digital printing is generally growing as a complement to offset, flexo, and other analog presses that print labels, folding cartons, flexible packaging, and corrugated. This article explores the direct-to-shape market by answering some basic questions about it.

On Demand Manufacturing: A Sea Change for the Apparel Industry (Premium Content)

Can apparel be completely manufactured in an automated environment? Not yet. But it’s coming soon and will revolutionize apparel manufacturing. Learn how NextWave, and its partners EFI, Klieverik, Zund, and Henderson are creating an on demand microfactory, which will be on display at TechTextil/TexProcess in Atlanta in May.

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Drytac Appoints D'Arcy Lewis as Technical Sales Manager for Canada

The 5th Edition of TheIJC Reveals First Program Details and Showcases New Players in Industrial Inkjet

Belgium’s Brouwerij Martens Produces Bottles for the Soccer World Cup with Direct Print Powered by KHS™

FP3 Leaves Attendees Charged

Adoption of 3D Print Technology in Aerospace Industry Ignites 20.3% Growth Rate

Velox Digital Print Packaging Technology Helps International Cosmetic Brand AHAVA Create a Bold Brand Impression for its 30th Anniversary Campaign

LAAS-CNRS Targets R&D Strategic Axis with Cutting-Edge CeraPrinter F-Serie by CERADROP-MGI

Markem-Imaje and Cognex Collaborate to Evolve "Mark & Read" Technology

Growing List of Companies Show Support for New Functional Printing, Process and Products (FP3) Conference

Xaar 2001+ Printhead to Make Strong Impact at Ceramics China

Major Award Underlines Impact of Xaar 2001+ Printhead for Ceramics

Sun Chemical to Exhibit Portfolio of Solutions for Biosensors and Medical Devices at Biosensors 2018

Xaar Announces New Chief Customer Officer

Velox Delivers World's Only Mass Production Direct-to-Shape Digital Decoration technology for the Rigid Packaging Industry

Sakurai to Host a Screenprinting/Drying Showcase Following SGIA’s FP3 Conference

Successful InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference Closes; Offering Insights on Inkjet Applications for Manufacturers

Full Stereocomplex PLA Technology Now Commercially Available from Total Corbion PLA

ColorGATE Launches 3D Capturing and Digital Reproduction Solution

INX International to Share Direct Object Printing Insights at InPrint

DSM and Chromatic 3D Materials Partner to Develop 3D Printing Materials for Finished Manufactured Goods

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Video preview: From Antibacterial Substrates to Smart Labels, Nanotechnology Comes to Print

From Antibacterial Substrates to Smart Labels, Nanotechnology Comes to Print

Published: June 14, 2018

Nir Waiskopf, Ph.D., team leader for a nanotechnology project at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, explains the uses of nanotechnology in biomedical, industrial printing, and display and packaging applications.


Video preview: Factors Driving the Growth of Industrial Printing

Factors Driving the Growth of Industrial Printing

Published: June 6, 2018

Marcus Timson, Co-Founder of the InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference, discusses the reasons for the growing popularity of industrial printing, including the plateauing of traditional print markets, the maturity of digital inkjet and its advantages in industrial applications, and changing consumer behaviors.


Video preview: RadLaunch Helps Start-Ups Make Connections

RadLaunch Helps Start-Ups Make Connections

Published: June 4, 2018

Nir Waiskopf, Ph.D., of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, attended the RadTech UV+EB 2018 Conference as part of RadLaunch, an "idea accelerator" for start-ups, students, and innovators. Dr. Waiskopf chose the RadTech conference for its educational and networking opportunities, seeking potential collaborators and partners for some of the projects he is helping develop.


Video preview: When Launching a Business or a Product, Don’t Skimp on Marketing

When Launching a Business or a Product, Don’t Skimp on Marketing

Published: May 30, 2018

Mark Abramson, President of Printform Corporation, talks about his experiences in starting a business that produces specialty-printed products, as well as his efforts in helping other entrepreneurs launch wide-format, industrial, and other specialty products. He shares some pieces of advice for success, a key one being to invest at least as much in marketing as in any other part of the business.


Video preview: EFI's Inkjet Philosophy

EFI's Inkjet Philosophy

Published: May 29, 2018

Josh Samuel, Director of Ink Development at EFI, talks to David Zwang about EFI's inkjet philosophy: helping companies and even entire industries make a seamless transformation from analog to digital. EFI offers the machines, the inks, and the software as a larger system to help customers make that transformation.


Video preview: Wade Neff Offers an Inkjet Reality Check

Wade Neff Offers an Inkjet Reality Check

Published: May 21, 2018

At the InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference, Wade Neff, Strategic Business Unity Manager for Strategic Factory, discusses how inkjet printing is not the solution for every application, and that print service providers need to understand, and be able to communicate to customers, both the advantages and limitations of inkjet technology.


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Event Calendar

InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference, Chicago May 1-2

SGIA FP3 — Functional Printing, Process and Products Conference, Chicago May 1-2

Digital Textile Printing US 2018, June 8-9, Chicago

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