05 Oct '12, 9am

Disney Research developing 3D printed optics! #3DPrinting

Disney Research developing 3D printed optics! #3DPrinting

Utilising a combination of UV cured resin and a special completely clear resin, the team has created many applications, including an LED embedded in a 3D printed lens to focus light and a 3D printed toy that has an embedded heart made from tubes of enclosed air and illuminated with an LED. "Printed optics is part of our long term vision for the production of interactive devices that are 3D printed in their entirety," said Disney in a statement. "Future devices will be fabricated on demand with user-specific form and functionality. Printed optics explores the possibilities for this vision afforded by today's 3D printing technology." One of the more interesting concepts developed by the researchers is an interactive chess board that senses the location of the chess pieces automatically and displays this information on the screen. The technology relies on so-called light pipe...

Full article: http://www.eurekamagazine.co.uk/design-engineering-news/_...

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