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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.

Commentary & Analysis

SGIA Expo 2018 Marks the End of an Era—But the Start of an Exciting New One (Premium Content)

The SGIA Expo 2018 opened yesterday to large crowds and a completely full exhibition hall. Our recap of Day 1 looks at where SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers sees the organization and the industry going, and highlights a handful of new product announcements.

Building to Order—Bergstein: Specialists in Direct to Shape Inkjet Technology

For over 10 years BERGSTEIN has been developing and delivering industrial printers. Their first flatbed printers were based on solvent inks, already printing products with a height up to 30 cm. They put significant investments and developments into small flatbed printers, which are suitable for a huge range of industrial products using UV or LED inks and direct to shape. And in the last 5 years Bergstein is selling solutions for customer in Industrial Single Pass printing.

Is Graphene Really a Miracle Material? (Premium Content)

A great deal is being written about graphene, in textiles and other industries. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talked to Vorbeck Materials Corp. President & CEO Dr. John Lettow to learn more about what many are characterizing as a miracle material.

Digital Print, Expanding Horizons in Woodworking

The biannual International Woodworking Fair, which took place August 21-25 in Atlanta, Ga., held its inaugural Digital Printing Symposium. While this symposium is new, digital printing has actually been part of the woodworking industry for some time. That said, the need to short-run cost-effective decorative surfaces, as well as ongoing development in digital inkjet printing sector, is creating a perfect storm for the technology to meet woodworking’s market needs.

Fiber Computing: The Next Industrial Revolution (Premium Content)

The mission of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is to enable a manufacturing-based revolution—what we could call Industry 5.0—with the transformation of traditional fibers, yarns, and textiles into highly sophisticated integrated and networked devices and systems. In a recent conversation with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, the organization’s Chief Marketing Officer, Eric Spackey, explains.

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SGIA Announces Industry Leaders Comprising 2018–2019 Board of Directors

Fakuma 2018: Lighting Up the Dark Side of Product Marking

Neuromarketing Leads to Better Packaging Design

Barberan S.A. Launches New Software Pack for Jetmaster Printers

InPrint 2018 – Heidelberg Expects Keen Interest in Customized Printing on Objects

New Industrial Printers from DGI

ATI Acquires Microtemp Labs and New Technology for Customized Liquid Crystal Thermometers

Heidelberg and Warneke Paper Box Debut Primefire to Customers in North America

Siegwerk to Showcase its Customized Inkjet Inks at This Year’s InPrint 2018

Leibinger Industrial Printer Consumes Less Power than a Light Bulb

Inkjet Printing onto Complex Surfaces: GIS to Present at TheIJC 2018

Nazdar Ink Technologies to Showcase Wide Range of Ink Solutions at InPrint Milan 2018

Leonhard Kurz to Demonstrate Concept Door Trim in Speed Racer Design

INX International Opens New Brazil Metal Decorating Facility

IPCO Highlights Its Steel Belts at InPrint Milan 2018

Markem-Imaje Opens Global Competence Center and Iberian Sales Office in Barcelona

Meteor Inkjet First to Offer Electronics and Software to Drive New SG600 Printheads from FUJIFILM Dimatix

WhatTheyThink’s Richard Romano Launches “Beyond Paper” at PRINT 18

Creative Capabilities of Xaar 2001+ on Show at Tecnargilla 2018

Leonhard Kurz Wins Automotive Brand Contest

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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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