An advanced project funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (http://rbi.ims.ca/3844-536) aims to create ASICs using printers and organic substrates. If the work being done by Motorola, Dow, and Xerox, pays off, large area devices will be printed onto polymers, making it possible to create an active matrix LCD. The $15 million research project is targeting cost goals of $20 to $500 per square meter.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
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