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The Next Big Trends in Printing Technology to Watch in the New Year

January 15, 2018

The future has arrived in the world of printing. From new applications in 3D printing to exciting innovations that can streamline package and production printing. Read about some of the cutting-edge trends and innovations we’re excited to see in 2018:

3D Printing in Medicine

By now, most of us understand the basics of 3D printing. What you might not know yet is how versatile the 3D printer is for medical applications. The following examples are just a few of the ways doctors and surgeons are using 3D printers in their field:

Medical Supplies & Equipment

In 2017, researchers introduced the 3D printed finger splint to the world. The splint was the first of its kind, customized to fit its user and printed in space, no less! This type of 3D printing application opens the door to printing a variety of medical supplies out in the field, especially by those working in humanitarian organizations.

Body Part Replacements & Models

Printed body parts? We’re intrigued, but it also sounds like the plot of a new sci-fi movie. From artificial bones to printed organic material, researchers have come up with many groundbreaking applications for 3D printers. As this becomes more common, doctors also hope to use 3D printed human body replicas to explain procedures to patients.

Direct-to-Corrugated Printing

Hitting closer to our own printing expertise, technology now allows packaging manufacturers to customize cardboard boxes with printed designs for their customers. This is a major workflow solution for corrugators, who will be able to cut back on shipping and material costs.

Production Embellishments & Finishing

Professional printers everywhere should be excited about the following technological advancements that allow for greater customization in finishing. These options are especially promising for those who use production printers; embellishing machines can keep up with printing volume by offering output at similar speeds. Finishing options and embellishments include the following:

  • Braille
  • Cutting, Creasing & Folding
  • Protective Varnishes
  • Foil & Glitter

PRinting Automation

What we’re most excited about at POA is the rise of printing automation. When combined with IT solutions and the newest products from our partners, we’ll be able to offer the latest and greatest office technologies to our customers in Portland, Seattle, and across the West Coast.

Here at Pacific Office Automation, we’re here to help you say, “Problem Solved.” Contact us today for all your office equipment and software needs.

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