Sounds like a promising abrasion coating process, particularly in that it can minimize design and manufacturing efforts via its ability to selectively coat specific components or areas. Could you provide any examples of current products that employ Vuecoat?
Utilizing ink-jet technology to avoid masking and the other pitfalls of the more common coating technologies is great. Having designed several polycarb product display lenses I would have liked to use this process, the article does not mention if the current process can only handle flat parts. Since it is ink-jet I guess this is the case. Perhaps the next step will be 3d spray head applications.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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