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Print-Rite launches wooden 3D filament

March 31, 2015

The company has produced the wooden filament for 3D printing.wooden filament sample

The filament is the latest in the company’s range for use in its CoLiDo 3D printers, and allows users to print 3D objects that “look and smell like wood”. Print-Rite stated that the “revolutionary new material” gives printed 3D objects a “wooden-like appearance”, and a tree’s “growth ring” effect can be seen on the surface of the printed object.

The filament is said by the company to be “recommended for interior designers” in order to “present their design[s to] clients”, and is available in both PLA and ABS filament material. Print-Rite first announced its 3D printers in April 2014, with the first CoLiDo printer officially launched in June 2014. The company’s range expanded to three more models in October 2014, and it presented a seminar about 3D printing at Remanexpo@Paperworld 2015.

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Epson launches new inkjets in Taiwan

March 31, 2015

epson taiwanThe OEM released four MFPs and one single-function printer in the market.

Digitimes reported on the launch of the printers, with the four new inkjet MFPs including the L220, L360, L365 and L565, while the single-function machine released was the L310. The OEM stated that the machines are targeted at the SOHO (small office, home office) market as well as at SMBs, with its subsidiary Epson Taiwan Technology and Trading responsible for launching and selling the machines in Taiwan.

The L220 has an expected monthly printing volume of 500 pages at NT$4,490 ($143/€133), while the L360 has a volume of 1,000 pages at NT$4,990 ($159/€148). The L365 supports wireless connectivity with a volume of 2,000 pages atNT$5,490 ($175/€163), while the L5656 also supports wireless connectivity alongside automatic duplexing, with a volume of 2,000 pages for NT$7,990 ($255/€238). Finally, the L310 has a volume of 1,000 pages, and will retail for NT$4,490 as well.

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Desktop recycler produces 3D filament

March 25, 2015

ReDeTecThe ProtoCycler extruder grinds plastic from bottles and melts it into spools for use in 3D printing.

The Society for Science and the Public reported on the invention, created by students at the University of British Colombia. They have set up a company to retail the product, called ReDeTec (Renewable Design Technology).

The device has a maximum extrusion speed of 10 feet per minute, which designer Dennon Oosterman claims is the fastest on the market. At that rate, it would take around two hours to create a one-kilogram spool. It is also smaller than other extruders and is reportedly up to ten times more efficient than its larger competitors.

To keep its operation simple, the designers are developing different settings for different plastics. So far the ProtoCycler has a setting for ABS and PLA, while users can also add dyes to produce different colour plastics. The designers are already applying for a patent for the machine.

Oosterman says the concept for the recycler was borne out of their concern that plastics they were using on projects were just being thrown away.

He said: “Schools are including 3D printing as part of their science and technology curriculum, but the cost of having each student try a project can quickly become unaffordable. With ProtoCycler, the students can try over and over until it’s perfect, nearly for free, without harming the environment.”

The ProtoCycler is currently retailing on the ReDeTec website for $699 (€637).

 

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HP discusses remanufacturing new LaserJet cartridges

March 24, 2015

HP's Colour LaserJet Pro M552 and M553

HP’s Colour LaserJet Pro M552 and M553

The OEM has said remanufactured or used versions of its new cartridges “don’t offer” the range’s new features.

The OEM’s new LaserJet technology, reported earlier this month, includes new toner cartridges using JetIntelligence, reportedly offering up to “33 percent more professional-quality prints” and “protection against counterfeits” with “innovative anti-fraud technology”. Five new features include ColorSphere 3 toner, page maximiser technology, print gauge technology, anti-fraud technology and auto-seal removal.

The anti-fraud technology authenticates the cartridge and features “cartridge protection”, whereby a user can link the cartridge with the printer or fleet so “it will only work in a specified printer” or fleet. HP states that the typical counterfeit cartridge “starts with a purchased remanufactured, refilled or new-build compatible cartridge”, though it then distinguishes between counterfeits and remanufactured cartridges by noting that a remanufactured or refilled cartridge is a “used cartridge”.

On the subject of using remanufactured or refilled cartridges in the new machines, HP states that the used cartridges “don’t offer [the] advanced features” listed earlier, and that “the proprietary formulation of ColorSphere 3 toner is stable, consistent and simply can’t be matched”. It contends that aftermarket toner “can vary from source to source and batch to batch”, which can “result in inconsistencies” and “affect printer maintenance”.

The OEM also concludes that it believes “customers will get the best value and experience” from original cartridges, which are “designed to precise specifications” to “deliver the legendary reliability and consistent print quality customers expected from HP cartridges”. HP said on release that the ColorSphere 3 toner is “the latest in toner formulation”, featuring a “durable shell and soft core” designed to “keep up” with high-speed machines. The soft particle cores melt “at a much lower temperature, requiring far less heat”, with “higher page yields”.

The cartridge meanwhile delivers “more pages with fewer interventions”, with page maximiser technology allowing for “less internal wear” and “more pages”, while print gauge technology “intelligently predicts toner levels”. Anti-counterfeiting technology is “built into every JetIntelligence toner cartridge”, and customers “have more protection that easily identifies counterfeit[s]”. Auto-seal removal meanwhile is said to “make cartridge installation easier than ever”.

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Markem-Imaje releases new CIJ coder

March 23, 2015

Markem-Imaje 9450The Swiss manufacturer developed the 9450 to help food and drink manufacturers trace products and prevent recalls.

Packaging Europe reported that the new printer’s capabilities include barcodes, QR codes and Datamatrix, plus logos and alphanumeric texts. It forms part of Markem-Imaje’s 9400 Series, and the group claims it can achieve 20 percent reduction on consumable and energy consumption when compared with current coders. Its maximum print speed is 6.6m/s.

The device uses a wide range of high adhesion, high contrast and coloured inks to ensure legibility, while it can also run with environmentally-friendly inks and inks with ‘tracers’ to prevent counterfeiting. The user is also able to change the ink without interrupting a production run.

Markem-Imaje UK Operations Manager Martin Bailey stated: “Traceability sits very high on the agenda for food and beverage businesses and coding and labelling equipment fulfills a vital role in achieving it. Promotional coding provides something that on-pack promotions, which have no link to purchase, cannot do.

“Giving consumers a unique code to make their claim also provides brands with the sort of detailed marketing data that price cutting promotions never can.”

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Canon releases new laser MFPs in India

March 19, 2015

Canon's MF 221d

Canon’s MF 221d

The OEM has introduced the MF 200 range for Indian users.

Channel World reported on the release of the new devices in the Indian market, including the MF 221D, 217W, 226dn and 229dw, which include a “host of productivity and convenience features” aimed specifically at Indian users.

The laser MFPs include ultra-fast rendering, a setting that “optimises” the printer and desktops’ data processing, as well as an Indian legal duplexing feature allowing for printing on “customised media dimensions”. Another addition is on-demand fixing technology that “regulates power consumption”, and Canon stated that all three features “offer seamless printer performance for an office environment”.

The toner cartridge included with the printers has a yield of 1,700 pages, and the machines also feature “new-age designs” that are both scratch-proof and dust resistant. Other positives include high memory capacity, touchscreens and low energy consumption. The OEM is said to be focusing on launching new partnership programmes including its Corporate Reseller Programme (CCR) and Office Cartridge Reseller Programme (OCR) in cities across the country.

Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO of Canon India, stated: “Indian offices across various verticals are adopting Laser MFDs to improve their productivity, save costs, be more efficient and simplify their printing infrastructure. Our new range of laser printers is designed to simplify their printing environment and workflow, making it an ideal office printer. We […] are targeting a business growth of 25 percent by 2016.”

Gautam Paul, Assistant Director and Head of Consumer Systems Group, added: “We have dedicated teams within Canon to work with B2B and B2G segments, and our new MF 200 series will help address the requirements of these sectors. With the help of our new programs, we will closely work with the VAR (Value Added Reseller) community to expand our reach even in tier II and tier III cities.”

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Dental 3D printing market set to boom

March 18, 2015

A report from Meticulous Research anticipated 23 percent growth for the period 2014Logo to 2020.

The researchers found that the market will be worth $752.5 million (€709.2 million) by 2020, with a 23 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate) from 2014 onwards. The Asia Pacific region has great potential as economic improvement and healthcare reforms are opening up the area, while North America currently has the largest stake in the market, followed by Europe.

According to the report, some reasons for the growth of the 3D dental market are “the growing acceptance to 3D printing among the dental laboratories, widening applications of 3D printing in dentistry, government initiatives to promote research activities in 3D printing, increased investments by key players to incorporate the 3D printing technology, and the continuous technological advancements in this field”.

The study separated the industry into three sections of application, technology and material. The ‘application’ section is subdivided into “dental implants, dentures, surgical guides, and other range of orthodontic products”, which can further be separated into “crowns and bridges, screws and abutments, and temporaries”.

However, the high costs of 3D printers and materials are somewhat restricting the market, the researchers found. The report named 3D Systems, Concept Laser, DWS Systems, Stratasys and Solidscape as some of the key companies in the industry.

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Harrods to feature recycled-filament 3D printer

March 17, 2015

The London department store is to host the EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer in EKOCYCLE’s in-storeekocycle_3d_printer_300dpi shop.

THOMASNET.com reported on the announcement of the deal between Harrods and the 3D printer manufacturer. The printer features a curated printing palette of red, black, white and natural, and is a plug-and-play device that can be operated via the Cubify app. It uses instant load cartridges of recycled plastics, with each EKOCYCLE cartridge containing the equivalent of three recycled 20oz PET plastic bottles.

EKOCYCLE is a collection of fashion clothing, music accessories and desktop items created by a collaboration between international music artist will.i.am and the Coca-Cola Company. Will.i.am said the printer “gives people all over the world the chance to transform discarded waste into useful, functional and fashionable objects”.

Bea Perez, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Coca-Cola, stated: “The EKOCYCLE brand is about helping customers understand that waste can actually be a valuable resource to create desirable lifestyle products. Sustainability is at the heart of the Coca-Cola Company and we are always looking at innovative ideas that link the idea of sustainability with our business.”

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Samsung enters IoT market

March 17, 2015

Wony-Pyo Hong, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung

Wony-Pyo Hong, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung

The OEM has launched Samsung Business to “bring together” devices and users of the ‘Internet of Things’.

ZDNet reported on the launch of Samsung Business, a new “dedicated” brand from the OEM that will bring together users and devices utilising the ‘Internet of Things’- a network of appliances or objects that feature embedded technology. This innovation allows them to work more efficiently through data exchange with a manufacturer, operator or control centre.

HP recently revealed it was also planning to enter the sector, and Samsung Business is said by Samsung to be an “umbrella brand which will further the development of an enterprise-based ‘Internet of Things’ ecosystem”. The brand was launched at the CEBIT show in Germany, and will bring together the OEM’s KNOX security platform and SMART Signage solution to offer “enterprise-ready technological solutions” to corporate clients.

It also consists of six ‘zones’ including retail, education, hospitality, healthcare, financial services and transport. Retail includes a digital mirror that would create a video-wall, allowing customers to see what they’re trying on from different angles. The education ‘zone’ meanwhile includes interactive learning tools, cloud printing and Wordbook Composer, a programme allowing scanned documents to be converted into text. Hospitality offers the SMART Hotel Solution, a room management service for lighting and gadgets.

In turn, the healthcare ‘zone’ includes Vidyo, a teleconferencing solution; financial services offers Samsung’s Core Printing Solutions, including secure document handling and printing; and transport offers the Professional Grade Signage function, including real-time flight information displays.

Won-Pyo Hong, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung, commented: “As more and more businesses adopt the ‘Internet of Things’, we have a great opportunity to enhance customer value with increased productivity and profit. Significant advancements can be made in the business process through the application of IoT in inventory management, energy efficiency and more.

“However, we first have to overcome the challenges of platform compatibility, data analysis and security in order to accelerate IoT adoption.”

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HP moves into ‘Internet of Things’

March 16, 2015

The OEM’s platform aims to “enable smart cities” through internet-connected appliances.technology

Computer Dealer News reported on HP’s move into the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) with a platform to be “initially target[ed]” at mobile phone network providers and the energy market, but with a view to entering the “smart cities” sector. This covers cities such as Barcelona, Spain or Toyota City, Japan, which an HP spokesperson said “would be best suited to take advantage of the technology”.

The ‘Internet of Things’ is the term for a network of appliances or objects that feature embedded technology, which allows them to work more efficiently through data exchange with a manufacturer, operator or control centre. The OEM’s Chief Technologist of Communications, Media and Solutions, Jeff Edlund, said that HP’s platform will allow “telecommunications companies and utilities companies [to] come together through the enrichment of data”.

Edlund said HP is “not ready to announce any specific partnerships” on its Energy Management Pack, which is the “first of several” application packs available for IoT. It will allow for “end-to-end mobile device remote management” including “device discovery, configuration and control of IoT traffic”. This would cover SIM-based devices such as mobile phones and tablets, and would allow for meter reading and “home automation” of energy.

In turn, the pack’s numerous apps would allow for “dynamic updates” of energy tariffs as well as “real-time consumption measurement” and energy management, alongside public uses such as “management of public lighting and electronic parking systems”. All collected data would be stored in a secure cloud location before analysis, and HP added that it “also plans to target” the automotive, manufacturing, water and gas and other industries.

Edlund commented that “there are currently more sensors out there than people realise, including a vast array that are starting to appear. What we’ve done is build a software-based database that maps the set of device capabilities. We are planning for smart cities as well as intelligent appliances”.

HP is currently selling the system directly, but Edlund said he could “see it opening up to the channel in future”.

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