Dear Reader: No new significant polymers have been invented for many years, but proprietary enhancements and other developments offer an array of new design possibilities. Nowhere is the impact more dramatic than the improvements to high-performance film that are helping enable the explosion in LCD screens for TVs, cell phones, and other portable devices. What’s next? Efforts to make biodegradable plastics for mechanical applications, such as cars and computers. If you’d like me to look at something else, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Doug Smock Contributing Editor
The Flat Panel Boom There’s an explosion in capacity and capabilities of illuminescent plastic films, driven by demand for TVs and mobile devices. Is there a potential use in your design portfolio for brightness-enhancing or electroluminescent films?&NOBR>Full Story&/NOBR>
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