I have been fascinated by 3D printing since it was first shown to me in HP Labs in San Diego in 2007. Voymesh Joshi, the then VP of Imaging and Printing, showed me a bicycle chain that was printed in one piece. I really couldn't get my head around the applications of 3D printing or what it could do for a printer. Six years on I had the invitation to visit HK Rapid Prototyping in Rugby (www.HK3D.co.uk). These are the distributers for Stratasys the worlds leading 3D machines. I was like a child in a sweet shop, they had every kind of prototyping and additive manufacturing you could imagine–and even some I couldn't.
Graham Griffiths of Premier Paper Group Ltd writes that paper is quite special because its primary constituent, wood fibre, can, in fact, have several cycles.
From Trees to Pulp
Virgin wood fibre obviously originates from trees, which are harvested from forests and transported to pulp mills – usually situated close by.
The regulation and certification of these forests is very strict. Minimising environmental impact is paramount.
Regional newspapers are adapting their businesses to fit changing technologies and the current climate, writes Geraldine Allinson.
Although other companies/sectors are competing hard and undeniably winning what used to be the traditional newspaper advertising revenues, today there would still appear to be no effective alternative for local communities to use in order to act as their voice on local issues.
Kevin Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, The Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd writes that it is generally accepted that the creative industries make a valuable contribution to the GDP of the UK economy through the creation of innovative products and net export earnings.
In recent weeks, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Imperial College completed a study of the measures of UK investment in copyright related industries, which revealed that in 2009, the latest year for which government figures are published, it was actually worth £3.2 billion higher than the previous official data had recorded, at £5.1 billion.
Libraries have a future, writes David Pearson, but only if they adapt to changing readers.
The Stationers' Company embraces a broad church of trades relating to the world of books and newspapers and includes not only designers, publishers and manufacturers but also librarians. Their world, like everyone else’s, has been transformed in recent decades by the changes of new technology and internet communications. When Kindles are everywhere and printed book sales are falling, when information is freely available via Google and the world is on your iPad, do libraries have a future
Consumer research on people’s attitudes to packaging, carried out for INCPEN over the years, shows that people have little or no perception of packaging - either good or bad – when they go shopping.
They have almost no understanding of its role or any appreciation of its environmental, social, economic, technical and aesthetic contribution to their everyday lives.