Motorola (www.motorola.com) is making advances in its carbon nanotechnology research. The technology (termed "nano emissive display" or NED) enables manufacturers to create large flat- panel displays that exceed the image quality characteristics of plasma and LCD screens at a reduced cost. It's feasible that NED could contribute to a wall-mounted television with a 50-inch or larger diagonal, but remain just 1 inch in depth. NED utilizes carbon atom nanotubes, less than one nanometer in diameter.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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