From Cellulose to 3D Objects: 3D printing with a biobased polymer for CO2-neutral manufacturing

In our modern world, eliminating plastics is inconceivable. Unfortunately, they do have disadvantages, including the formation of CO2 in both production and combustion, depletion of fossil feedstocks, and growth of landfills. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, Russian researchers introduce a new way forward, a polymer made entirely from biomass that can easily and inexpensively be used in 3D printing. Objects produced in this way are of high quality, easily recyclable, and highly solvent-resistant. Conventional “subtractive” processes involve cutting, sawing, turning, or milling, which results in a great deal of wasted material. In contrast, 3D printing processes are, in principle, waste-free, because they are “additive”: three-dimensional objects are produced in a layer-by-layer application of material. The most common technique is called fused deposition modeling (FDM). In this process, the raw material is squirted through a hot nozzle onto a mobile base and thereby liquefied (extrusion). The printer head produces the programmed form like in a conventional two-dimensional printing process, releasing small amounts of the polymer instead of ink. This is repeated for layer after layer until the desired three-dimensional object is complete. Yet, the polymers used until now have a number of disadvantages that limit their use. Some of the polymers are attacked by organic solvents. Those that withstand the solvents, on the other hand, adhere poorly and shrink on heating, allowing their layers to come apart and causing errors in the printing process. Click Read More below for additional information.
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ACMA Urges Senate to Quickly Consider & Confirm Postal Governor Nominees

The American Catalog Mailers Association, whose membership heavily relies on a properly-functioning postal system, urges the U.S. Senate to quickly consider and confirm the President’s new nominees to be U.S. Postal Service Governors. America’s postal system currently has no board – thus, no proper oversight. The ACMA has been instrumental in getting this important agenda item to the top of the priority list for a busy White House. In addition to our aggressive lobbying in Washington, the ACMA wrote a memo suggesting criteria and provided several strong candidates. We applaud the White House for moving this forward and are thrilled that nominations have been made. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Three Z Printing Adds Goss M-500 to its Fleet

Three Z recently added a Goss M-500 to expand its printing operations. The M-500 is known for its proven technology and ability to deliver high print quality, efficiency and reliability at up to 40,000 impressions per hour. Affordability, straightforward design and versatility are all hallmarks of the M500. “Given Three Z’s extensive line of Goss equipment, the M-500 was a logical step to enhance their operations with a minimal learning curve for the staff,” explains Alexander Lutton, Goss Project Manager. “The features of this equipment will help to ensure that Three Z will remain one of the top commercial printers in the US.” Click Read More below for additional information.
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Meredith’s The Magnolia Journal To Raise Rate Base To 1.2 Million In Spring 2018

Meredith Corporation announced that it will raise the rate base of quarterly magazine The Magnolia Journal to 1.2 million beginning with the Spring 2018 issue. "The Magnolia Journal has been one of the most successful launches in the history of the magazine industry," said Meredith Magazine President Doug Olson. "In just a year we've generated 1 million paid subscribers. On newsstands, The Magnolia Journal has averaged nearly a 70 percent sell-through rate, compared to the industry average of 25 percent. And advertisers are clamoring to be in its pages. The Magnolia Journal is a home run in every sense of the word." Click Read More below for additional information.
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Verso Corporation Announces Price Increase on C1S Sheets & Rolls

Effective with all new and existing orders with confirmed delivery dates of November 20, 2017 or later, Verso Corporation is increasing the transaction price of all Coated One Side (C1S) sheet and roll products by $2.00/cwt USD/$2.50/cwt CAD. This includes, but is not limited to: Sterling® Ultra C1S; Sterling® Litho C1S; Aspect®; OptiLabel™; UniSil™. The increase applies to all basis weights, bulks, finishes and related private label grades. Should you have any questions, please contact your Verso professional sales representative. Thank you for your continued support.
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Euro-Graph Publishes August Statistics of the European Graphic Papers Industry

Total European shipments of graphic papers were UP 0.3% vs. August 2016 and are down 0.4% year-to-date. Total European shipments of newsprint were down 1.0% vs. August 2016 and are down 3.1% year-to-date. Total European shipments of sc-magazine were down 0.8% vs. August 2016 and are UP 1.7% year-to-date. Total European shipments of coated mechanical reels were down 0.6% vs. August 2016 and are down 1.0% year-to-date. Total European shipments of uncoated mechanical were UP 2.3% vs. August 2016 and are UP 2.0% year-to-date. Total European shipments of coated woodfree were UP 2.6% vs. August 2016 and are UP 1.6% year-to-date. Total European shipments of uncoated woodfree were UP 0.8% vs. August 2016 and are down 0.3% year-to-date. Click Read More below for additional information.
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EFI Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported revenue of $724.1 million, down 0.2% year-over-year compared to $725.4 million for the same period in 2016. GAAP net income was $9.4 million or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to $25.0 million or $0.52 per diluted share for the same period in 2016. Non-GAAP net income was $74.0 million or $1.57 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $80.5 million or $1.68 per diluted share for the same period in 2016. Cash flow from operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, was $42.4 million, down 24% compared to $55.8 million during the same period in 2016. "We are clearly disappointed in the third quarter results, which fell below our expectations largely due to delayed deals in our direct business," said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. "To reaccelerate growth, we are reallocating budget and talent toward our largest opportunities, in textile and packaging, along with making organizational changes and adding senior positions to improve focus and execution." Click Read More below for additional information.
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Trump nominates three to USPS Board

Calvin R. Tucker of Pennsylvania, for the remainder of a term expiring December 8, 2023. Robert M. Duncan of Kentucky, for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring December 8, 2018, and an additional term expiring December 8, 2025. David Williams of Illinois, for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring December 8, 2019.
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Crutchfield sues to block Massachusetts from collecting online sales tax

The electronics retailer, which has no physical presence in Massachusetts, says the state's demand that it collect and remit tax from online sales there is unconstitutional. Massachusetts officials want Crutchfield Corp. to fork over sales taxes for online transactions made their state, and the Virginia-based consumer electronics retailer is going to court over the request. Crutchfield, No. 190 in the Internet Retailer 2017 Top 500, on Tuesday filed a complaint in a Virginia court seeking a declaratory judgment to exempt it from Massachusetts’ efforts to collect sales tax for online transactions, despite the fact that Crutchfield has no physical presence there. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Sears brings back Wish Book holiday catalog

Sears is bringing back its Wish Book holiday catalog after a six-year hiatus. "Our members told us they missed the Wish Book, so we had to bring it back, but in a special way that lets you share more joy wherever you are,” Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer for Hoffman Estates-based Sears and Kmart, said in a news release Wednesday. It came out almost every year — with a gap in 1993 and 1994 — until 2011, when Sears decided to focus on other holiday initiatives, Cook said. Wish Books varied in size, but they often topped 600 pages, she said. Click Read More below for additional information.
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