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New printing process makes three-dimensional objects glow

Conventional electroluminescent (EL) foils can be bent up to a certain degree only and can be applied easily onto flat surfaces. The new process developed by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in cooperation with the company of Franz Binder GmbH & Co. now allows for the direct printing of electroluminescent layers onto three-dimensional components. Such EL components might be used to enhance safety in buildings in case of power failures. Other potential applications are displays and watches or the creative design of rooms. The development project was funded with EUR 125,000 by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Foundation for the Environment).

 

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Bent and flexible surfaces of various materials, such as paper and plastic, can be provided with a coating to make them glow_1 (Foto: S. Walter/Binder Gruppe) Bent and flexible surfaces of various materials, such as paper and plastic, can be provided with a coating to make them glow_2 (Foto: S. Walter/Binder Gruppe) Bent and flexible surfaces of various materials, such as paper and plastic, can be provided with a coating to make them glow_3 (Foto: S. Walter/Binder Gruppe)