Xerox Corp. (http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-537) has developed a new semiconductive ink and other new materials that may make printing complete plastic transistor circuits possible. Xerox says the new ink can be used to print the semiconductor channels of transistors at low temperature and in open air—a feature that's critical for low-cost manufacturing, as the electrical properties of most liquid-processable organic semiconductors degrade when exposed to atmospheric oxygen, making it difficult to build functional transistors.
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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