3D-Printed Bendable OLEDs Could One Day Mean Cheaper OLED Gaming Monitors

3D-printed bendable OLEDs could mean cheaper OLED gaming monitors.

If manufacturers can pull this method off, it’ll cut a bunch of costs.

The manufacturing process for OLED displays is less than optimal.

First bendable, fully 3D printed OLED screen. It’s only 1.5 inches and 64 pixels in total.

It is a kind of advancement that could easily bring cheaper, more efficient production to the world.

The electrodes, interconnects, insulation are all extrusion- printed while the active layers are spray-printed.

A mechanical reconfiguration process is achieved by exploiting the viscoelastic oxide surface of the printed cathode droplets.

Michael McAlpine said the team used a custom tabletop 3D printer, which costs about the same as a Tesla Model S.

Previous attempts had been made to 3D print OLED displays, but the uniformity of light emitting layers was a hurdle for the team, according to The Engineer.

Rautao Su noted that it was able to keep a relatively stable emission over the 2000 bending cycles.

The team intends to increase the pixel density until the technology is ready to hit consumers.