Printed Optics: The revolution of 3D Printing! :D

Saturday, October 6, 2012 3 Comments:

Developed by Disney's Research Group At Pittsburgh

Future Technology That Will Help In The Manufacturing Of Products

Printed Optics is a new approach to creating custom optical elements for interactive devices using 3D printing. Printed Optics enable sensing, display, and illumination elements to be directly embedded in the body of an interactive device. Using these elements, unique display surfaces, novel illumination techniques, custom optical sensors, and robust embedded components can be digitally fabricated for rapid, high fidelity, customized interactive devices.

Disney’s 3D Printed Optics Could Change the Way We View Light

While theme parks and animation come to mind when we think of Disney, it’s clear that the company is investing significant time, money and effort into cool new technologies as well. We’ve already seen Disney’s interactive food concept, and their cool touch interaction system. Now it looks like they’re trying to advance the world of 3D printing by creating digitally-printed optics.
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Applying 3D printing techniques to optically clear plastics, Disney Research wants to create custom lenses and illumination devices which can be embedded directly into products.
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Using the technique, they could make everything from special light-up eyes for a toy robot to unique illuminated displays for vehicles, to high-tech lighting fixtures and volumetric displays. The technique also could produce something called “light pipes” which could redirect light from one surface to another, similarly to fiber optics.
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The video clip below features several other examples of how printed optics could be used:

You can read more details about the technology in Disney Research’s paper on 3D printed optics here [PDF].

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  • tonyon said...

    ...3D Bioprinting-Immortality... ((sugar cotton fibers produced by centrifuge machines are even finer...capillaries are between 2 tenth and 1 hundredth of a millimeter in diameter... Perhaps...could be used these machines adapted as "biocentrifuges" to make capillary micro-tubes with a biodegradable and binder yarn of sugar inside coated with endothelial cells?)).

  • tonyon said...

    ...interstellar travel constant acceleration (immortals 2)... Cloning? to the Future...3D Bioprinting... Your recorded Memory to the new body and...Immortality. For us is too soon for hook to the 1st Immortal Generation. Who knows...tucked in liquid nitrogen at 200 ºC below zero, not can feel the pass of Time. When after 500 years make open your eyes again and someone say... Hello!! will believe that the Goodbye was just a moment ago... Where am I?...(applause, shouts, laughs...) in Biomedical Recovery Center. What day is today?... July 21 of 7,018; was selected, centuries ago, in a Planetary Convention the beginning of Bronze Age like true History start... If I was...oh Goddess...give me a mirror...are you sure?...yes...aarrghghgg... Do not worry, at once we print a new body to your size. Take, choose in your Catalog. Let me see...this to the "athletic" is right... Ok. And your Princess, how old are you?...those things do not ask to a woman. Come on, your new Life awaits you. Wow!...has broken me a leg to put it on the floor... Do not worry, we carry you with open arms to the Mom-Printer, you just have that let to it your genes. Printer will restore and use as a basis this ancient body of yours for make to you again. Will we see us again?...perhaps on vacations because you have been stayed near, in the X planet of the star Vega.

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