Printing Impressions magazine presents:

Benny Landa Named Top Israeli Entrepreneur

REHOVOT, ISRAEL—Benny Landa, the founder of the Indigo press and the acknowledged father of digital printing, has been named Israeli entrepreneur of the year during the Journey conference, sponsored by Israeli business newspaper Globes and Ernst & Young.

Landa has more than 800 patents to his name and his awards include the Edwin H. Land medal awarded for achievement in printing and imaging industry. His current nanographic printing press initiative could also translate into applications for the energy and health care sectors.

In addition, Landa is Israel's candidate for the title of global entrepreneur of the year, which will be announced in Monaco next June.

HP Unveils 3-D Printing 'Blended Reality' Ecosystem

PALO ALTO, CA—HP introduced its vision for the future of computing and 3-D printing by unveiling its new Blended Reality ecosystem. Designed to break down the barriers between the digital and physical worlds, the ecosystem is underpinned by two key advancements:

  • HP Multi Jet Fusion: A new technology engineered to resolve critical gaps in the combination of speed, quality and cost, and deliver on the potential of 3-D printing.
  • Sprout by HP: A first-of-its-kind Immersive Computing platform that redefines the user experience and creates a foundation for future immersive technologies.

Click here to watch a video (via Vimeo) on HP's new Blended Reality ecosystem.

To watch the B-Roll video (via Vimeo) of the HP Multi Jet Fusion and Sprout click here.

"We are on the cusp of a transformative era in computing and printing," said Dion Weisler, executive vice president, Printing and Personal Systems (PPS), HP. "Our ability to deliver Blended Reality technologies will reduce the barriers between the digital and physical worlds, enabling us to express ourselves at the speed of thought—without filters, without limitations. This ecosystem opens up new market categories that can define the future, empowering people to create, interact and inspire like never before."
 
HP Multi Jet Fusion Advances 3-D Printing

Leveraging the company’s decades of leadership in the print market and advanced materials science, HP Multi Jet Fusion is designed to resolve fundamental limitations in today’s 3-D print systems while delivering higher productivity and quality at a lower cost (1).
 
"As we examined the existing 3-D print market, we saw a great deal of potential but also saw major gaps in the combination of speed, quality and cost," explained Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Inkjet and Graphic Solutions, HP. "HP Multi Jet Fusion is designed to transform manufacturing across industries by delivering on the full potential of 3D printing with better quality, increased productivity, and break-through economics(1)."
 
Multi Jet Fusion At-a-Glance

Multi Jet Fusion is built on HP Thermal Inkjet technology and features a synchronous architecture that significantly improves the commercial viability of 3-D printing and has the potential to change the way we think about manufacturing.

  • 10-Times Faster: Images entire surface areas versus one point at a time to achieve break-through functional build speeds that are at least 10 times faster than the fastest technology in market today(2).
  • New Levels of Quality, Strength and Durability: Proprietary multi-agent printing process utilizing HP Thermal Inkjet arrays that simultaneously apply multiple liquid agents to produce best-in-class quality that combines greater accuracy, resiliency and uniform part strength in all three axis directions.
  • Accuracy and Detail: Capable of delivering fully functional parts with more accuracy, finer details and smooth surfaces, and able to manipulate part and material properties, including form, texture, friction, strength, elasticity, electrical, thermal properties and more—beyond other 3-D print processes.
  • Achieves Break-through Economics: Unifies and integrates various steps of the 3-D print process to reduce running time, cost, energy consumption and waste(3) to significantly improve 3-D printing economics (1).

Together, these advancements have the potential to revolutionize production and offer small businesses a new way to produce goods and parts for customers.
 
Materials and Color Science

HP is committed to developing a platform that will become an industry standard and remains focused on growing the highest potential commercial markets. While the HP 3D Print technology is available today, HP is working directly with customers under the HP Open Customer Engagement Program. Through this program, HP will continue to extend the capabilities of the HP 3D Print platform throughout development and will provide a certification process for partners to drive materials innovation. Wider distribution of the HP 3D Print system will begin in 2016(4).
 
By inviting open collaboration, HP and contributors will be able to achieve greater flexibility and versatility in 3D Print materials beyond the current use of thermoplastics, which will enable new solutions in segments such as additive manufacturing and will expand applications for engineering, architecture and consumer goods. HP will also bring its color science expertise and the full-color capabilities of traditional HP printing to 3D world in future-generation 3D Print systems.
 
Sprout by HP Reimagines Computing

The first product available in HP’s Blended Reality ecosystem, Sprout by HP combines the power of an advanced desktop computer with an immersive, natural user interface to create a new computing experience.
 
"We live in a 3-D world, but today we create in a 2-D world on existing devices," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, Consumer PC and Solutions, HP. "Sprout by HP is a big step forward in reimagining the boundaries of how we create and engage with technology to allow users to move seamlessly from thought to expression."
 
Combining a scanner, depth sensor, hi-resolution camera and projector into a single device, Sprout by HP allows users to take physical items and seamlessly merge them into a digital workspace. The system also delivers an unmatched collaboration platform, allowing users in multiple locations to collaborate on and manipulate a single piece of digital content in real-time.
 
"People have always created with their hands," added Coughlin. "Concurrently, technology has progressed from the first transistors, through calculators to today’s most sophisticated computing platforms. Until now, the physical and digital worlds have largely been separated and digital creation has remained in 2D. With Sprout by HP, we introduce the first immersive computing platform, seamlessly merging these two worlds together, enabling people to intuitively bring their creations, work, and projects to life in 3D."
 
Sprout by HP At-a-Glance

  • Dual-screen Experience: A workspace designed for creative expression and human interaction with an integrated vertical HD touchscreen coupled with a 20 point capacitive touch mat.
  • The Sprout Illuminator: A projection system that scans and captures real-world objects in 3D, allowing the user to immediately interact and create.
  • HP Workspace: A software platform built expressly for Sprout to take full advantage of the dual-screen experience to make working and creating seamless, intuitive and engaging.
  • True Remote Collaboration: The way collaboration should be. An interface that advances how users work, collaborate and share, with simultaneous visual and workspace connectivity, allowing concurrent creativity and content manipulation.
  • Advanced Platform: A next-generation computing platform featuring a powerful fourth-generation Intel i7 Processor, 1TB of storage in an easy-to-use dual-screen interface, and a Windows 8.1 multi-touch experience.

Sprout Marketplace
The potential of Sprout by HP’s unique configuration is fully realized through the Sprout Marketplace, an application marketplace that contains a growing suite of applications that are optimized to take advantage of Immersive Computing platform to enhance how users work, play and engage with entertainment.
 
The Sprout Marketplace currently contains a suite of Windows-based applications designed uniquely for the dual-screen environment including the Martha Stewart CraftStudio, DreamWorks Animation Story Producer, Crayola’s Draw & Sing, GestureWorks Gameplay and first party experiences from HP including Create, Collaborate and Capture, enabling users to easily capture physical objects, manipulate them in a digital environment, and collaborate and share their creations in new ways.
 
New applications, including a range of creative applications for professionals, families, gamers and beyond, will continue to be added to the marketplace regularly. The Sprout Software Development Kit is available at www.sprout.com/developer.
 
Sprout by HP is available for pre-order at hp.com today and will be available for purchase in select retail locations and at hp.com on November 9(4). Additional country releases will follow.

(1) HP Multi Jet Fusion technology leverages proprietary HP Thermal Inkjet technology, enabling lower cost systems that output similar quality to more expensive devices—such as selective laser sintering (SLS)—and speed.
(2) Based on internal HP testing of part build time, for a set of representative parts in batch process comparing HP Thermal Inkjet based Multi Jet Fusion technology to the leading 3-D printing technologies in the United States—selective laser sintering (SLS) and fused deposition modeling—as of October 2014.
(3) By selectively combining multiple fluid agents, HP Multi Jet Fusion technology reduces the system requirements for large, vacuum-sealed ovens. In addition, the same support material for a given set of objects is aged less simply because the exposure to the adverse thermal and environmental conditions is shorter. These technology characteristics enable HP Multi Jet Fusion technology to help minimize waste and reduce energy use.
(4) Availability is subject to change.

Bombing Injury Leads to Stepping Strong Fund, Award

BOSTON—When two homemade bombs were detonated along the course of the Boston Marathon in April of 2013, the lives of three people were taken away and more than 250 others were brutally injured. Sadly, countless victims suffered trauma and the loss of limbs.

One of the many survivors was Gillian Reny, daughter of Steven Reny, president of Andover, MA-based Standard Finishing Systems. Reny, who at the time was an 18-year-old high school senior and aspiring dancer, was among numerous people who were treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Thankful for the heroic measures taken by doctors and nurses to save Gillian's life and her badly damaged legs, the Reny family started The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund.

More than $3.5 million has been raised for the fund since February of this year. Stepping Strong takes a three-pronged approach to helping advance innovative trauma technologies, one of which is an award that funds research and development. The inaugural $100,000 Stepping Strong Innovator Award will be presented to one of three research project finalists selected via online voting at www.BWHgiving.org/innovators.

A panel at Brigham and Women’s Hospital reviewed 18 applications from physician/scientist/researchers who are doing cutting-edge work in bone regeneration, limb reconstruction, advanced stem cell technology, orthopedic and plastic surgery, bioengineering and other trauma care area, and then selected three medically viable finalists. The innovative finalists are:

  • Dr. Matthew Carty. Dr. Carty's project entails a new surgical approach to lower limb amputation that he believes will enable patients to interface with next-generation prostheses to restore fine movement, sensation and proprioception—in essence, to recover normal limb function. The development of a new operative technique for limb amputation could one day become the new standard of care.
  • Dr. Edward Caterson. Dr. Caterson's team is developing a polyurethane wound chamber that completely encloses wounds of all sizes, including the entire extremity. The chamber enables antibiotics to be delivered in ultra-high concentrations—both at the site of injury and the site most at risk of bacterial contamination.
  • Dr. Indranil Sinha. The final project, from Dr. Sinha, focuses on using the body’s own stem cells to help muscles heal following traumatic injuries. Major breakthroughs in muscle stem cell research have allowed researchers to isolate muscle stem cells from a small biopsy and help them grow quickly in a laboratory setting. These cells can then be injected back into healing muscle to maintain muscle strength and function. 

The voting period lasts until Nov. 20. Visit www.BWHgiving.org/innovators and watch an introductory video from Gillian Reny that highlights the finalists and their innovations. The site also has more detailed accounts of the technologies.

Regardless of which project you vote for, the hope is that these technologies can help future patients with traumatic, athletic and disease-related limb injuries regain their strength and step strong once again. The first step is always the most important.

Leveraging Data for a More Personalized Experience (Free Webinar Still Available On-Demand)

PHILADELPHIA—October 31, 2014—In the "The Silver Bullet for Driving Sales & Impressions: DATA" Webinar, recently presented by Printing Impressions and Target Marketing, Barb Pellow, group director of InfoTrends; and Luke Heffron, senior vice president, Empirical Insights, at SG360°, in Wheeling, IL, discussed recent trends in variable data, the need to deliver a personalized experience, and how service providers and marketers are collaborating to leverage data and drive sales.

"Data-driven marketing is about collecting traditional off-line data and connecting it with online data, including browsing behaviors and social networks," explained Pellow. "Once all of the data is analyzed, it can be used to produce a highly personalized marketing campaign that is tailor-made for customers."

InfoTrends is seeing is that marketers are drowning in data, with the data coming in from all sides. But companies are looking for ways to better manage that. "Fifty percent of marketers are looking at reports they get, but they still lack key information they need to do an effective job at managing their businesses. One of the key elements that is missing from data is return-on-investment."

Heffron stressed that it is important to understand where direct marketing is today and where it's going. Identifying where the holes exist and finding a solution, along with becoming the expert, partnering selectively and selling actionable solutions, are key starting points, he said.

"Direct mail is still effective, especially when combined with e-mail," he pointed out. "Online companies including Google and trunk Club integrate direct mail into their online campaigns with proven results."

The more than 400 Webinar registrants reported positive feedback. Here are just a few of the comments:  

"It was helpful to hear from someone actually doing this, along with great examples and thoughtful sharing."

"The Webinar provided reinforcement of the importance of segmenting and customizing messages to each segment."

"The Webinar confirmed that cross-media is a good path for the graphic arts print provider."


Click here to register and watch the Webinar on-demand now.

Dome Comes Through in Clutch for Giants

SACRAMENTO, CA—The World Champion San Francisco Giants, which this week won their third World Series in the last five years, apparently have friends in ink-on-paper places, ready to tell the story behind their baseball success.

Dome has been hard at work producing 4,500 copies of a 144-page commemorative game book, which was prepared in time for today's victory parade in San Francisco. The book was laid out in Chicago, then sent to Dome's Sacramento, CA-based plant for printing.

"This is our third one that we've done," Bob Poole, Dome's vice president of sales, told Fox 40 News. "We are real proud of it. We're all Giants fans here."

The Giants also won the World Series in 2010 and 2012. As for the book itself, it will also be available at Costco and Walmart stores.

Chicagoland Printer Consolidates Operations

CARY, IL—Graphic Arts Studio, a full-service sheetfed printer serving the Chicagoland area, is consolidating its South Barrington and Cary Point Drive locations into its 45,000-square-foot facility at 1175 Alexander Court here, according to the Northwest Herald.

After searching for a new location for more than a year, Todd Pauly, vice president of marketing for Graphic Arts Studio, said that the new location will result in more than 60 jobs being relocated to the facility and make the company more efficient, while also creating a showplace to bring customers.

According to the Herald, Pauly said that about 90 percent of the operations at the Cary Point Drive space have already been moved to the new headquarters.