GE Builds an OLED Printer

While this si not directly related to the Entertainment Lighting world, we as professionals and lighting specialtist must understand where the world is going and how we might be able to incorporate new technologies into our designs and world.

Ge has produced a printing machine that can produce or “print” OLED materials newspaper like onto an 8 inch sheet of metal foil.  These foil sheets can be mounted to almost any surface to produce light where and when ever you so desire.

OLED or Organic Light-Emitting Diode is any light Emitting Diode or LED whoese emissive electroluminescent layer is compossed of a film of organic compounds.  The layer usually contains a polymer substance that allows suitable organic compounds to be deposited.

A huge benefit of OLED is that they typically emit less light per area thean an inorganic solid-state based LED, but have the ability to be recycled or resused with little on no hazerdous left overs to dispose of.  OLED also draw far less power then their counterparts, as well as can be much thinner and more flexable around objects.