McAlpine Group Develops First 3D-Printed, Flexible OLED Display

ME Professor Michael McAlpine is the lead researcher on a groundbreaking new study that could result in a new way to produce low-cost organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays. 

OLED display technology is used in high quality digital displays from television screens to smartphones, but it's costly and complicated to create. The 3D printing method developed by McAlpine and his collaborators makes it possible for this technology to be created by anyone, at home. “OLED displays are usually produced in big, expensive, ultra-clean fabrication facilities,” said McAlpine. “This is something that we actually manufactured in the lab, and it is not hard to imagine that you could translate this to printing all kinds of displays ourselves at home or on the go within just a few years, on a small portable printer.”

Learn more about this study and its potential impact over at CSE News.