Print is constantly changing and continues to push the boundaries of technology and creativity. It has a bright and exciting future ahead, and we can begin to see this in current print trends. But as print continues to evolve, what does its future look like? 

While the printing industry was previously led by letterpress, digital printing has now become a dominant process, no longer relying on paper and ink. The world of print and digital have collided to create printing technologies that people can’t imagine life without. 

We have been looking at some of the most innovative print projects circulating in recent news that we believe will take the future of print by storm.

3D Printing

3D printing is fast-growing within the print industry and is gradually becoming more accessible, expecting to transform the world as we know it. It turns a digital design into a physical object, achieved through a process of adding material layer by layer until the object is created. In a news article by the BBC, a scheme to build eco-homes for homeless veterans and low-income families will be the UK’s first 3D printed development. The implications of this are huge, giving way to a new future of manufacturing. Consumer goods can be personalised and produced on demand, whilst people have the potential to create their own home objects. This brings a whole new meaning to print.

Sustainable Printing

Environmentally sustainable printing methods have recently become more popular as businesses are making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and recycle. Advances in technology now means that suppliers are able to produce sustainable printed material and use eco-friendly inks whilst having no effect on the quality of the product. Integrating more non-polluting materials into print is the next big jump in the industry, and this article by PC Gamer demonstrates how you can incorporate everyday household items, such as ground up eggshells and waste coffee grounds, into print materials. The significance of making print greener is massive, presenting huge benefits for the environment and for businesses who are trying to find new ways of achieving sustainability.

Printing on Pints

In an article by Norwich Evening News, they demonstrate how printing has reached new heights. With the new and wonderful possibilities presented by modern technology, people can now get their faces printed onto pints of Guinness. The machine laser prints a design onto the top of the pint using barley malt, proving that anything is possible in the world of print!

These wonderful innovations embrace print and technology to create new possibilities for the printing industry and other businesses. As Print Power says:

“We must continue to highlight innovations. We produce an annual report on innovations in magazine media and every year, without fail, we uncover new innovations in print. It never ceases to amaze me that a medium which is hundreds of years old is still capable of new things”

But the question still remains, how far can the future of print take us? If you would like to know more about the possibilities of print, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Reach Printing Services.

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