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Panasonic Reveals 3D Printed 4K OLED Display at CES

08 Jan, 2013 by in DESIGN, FAB
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While you were enjoying your tuna fish sandwich at lunch, Panasonic unveiled one of their latest products at their keynote at CES in Las Vegas today–a freakin’ 3D printed TV.

A Big Ass 3D Printed TV

Coming in at a respectable 56 inches, the 4K OLED display ensures that no matter how much of a fan you are of Bruce Willis, you will see every last action-packed drop of sweat dripping off his chin during your annual Die Hard marathon.

At half an inch thick, the ‘Ultra HD’ -or- ‘4K’ display contains roughly four times the picture information as the current HDTV you see pretty much wherever you see an HDTV (read: all HDTVs). Not only is it monumental for Bruce Willis fans, but the fact that the TV was printed with ‘3D Printing Technology’ makes it a big topic of discussion at CES.

However before you start neatly organizing your Blu-Rays to watch the Die Hard series, consider that the TV is expected to be sold at $25,000. For that price you can buy 12 MakerBot Replicator 2′s and have a tuna fish sandwich / 3D printing party.

Update:

From Panasonic’s Press Release:

“In the printing method of production of OLED panels, OLED materials are applied to the substrate through a printing technique to form an electroluminescent (EL) layer. Due to the simplicity of the production process, it is expected that the technology will be easily adaptable to the production of OLED panels in a variety of screen sizes. Through the printing method, it is also possible to apply just the right amount of organic material to where it is needed, reducing waste material and shortening production lead time, making the printing method of production more economical.

In the production of the OLED panel, Panasonic is utilizing the RGB all-printing method, which allows for the separate application of the red, green and blue OLED materials by means of printing, and has developed the equipment and process technologies to apply the materials uniformly to a large substrate.”

(with special thanks to Anne-Pieter Strikwerda)

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  • Ben_Druce

    Exciting. Is this a one-off or is it the future of mass production?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=822755054 Mark Young

    What did they 3D print? The pixels? The PCBs? The Bezel?

  • Simon Martin

    Hi Mark. I updated based on their press release…looks like there’s been some confusion surrounding the ‘printing method’ and it centers around the OLEDs