Researchers at General Electric (www.ge.com) have announced "a major breakthrough in a new lighting technology." Based on organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), the solid-state lighting technology uses thin sheets of plastic-like material that emit light when powered by electricity. It could be made in an inexpensive, roll-to-roll manufacturing process. The goal: sheets of paper-thin lighting devices that can be applied like wallpaper.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
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.
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