Cambridge Display Technology (www.cdtltd.co.uk) has tripled the lifetime for its blue light emitting polymer (LEP) technology, which it's licensing to companies that want an alternative for LCD flat panel displays. The Cambridge, UK company's displays don't need backlighting like LCDs, thus LEPs are thinner and consume less power. New material formulations and improved deposition processes boost lifetimes to 11,000 hours. That's significant because blue products had shorter lifetimes than the other LEP colors needed to make full-color displays.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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