In addition helping us print out our own toys, food, and even houses, 3D printing can also be used to print new ways to light your house. A company called Rohinni has come up with Lightpaper, which is a printable, paper-thin lighting solution that can be applied to any surface.
“With Lightpaper it’s more of a platform of light that we don’t even know how it’s going to be used,” Rohinni CMO Nick Smoot told FastCoLabs. “All we know is that we’re trying to unlock the ability to create light.”
The first Lightpaper products should be launched by mid 2015, with some companies already working on designs based on the technology.
Basically, Lightpaper is made by mixing ink with tiny LEDs and then printing them out in a conductive layer that is then sealed between two other layers. The diodes are as big as a red blood cell and will light up once an electrical current runs through them. Furthermore, the diodes can apparently be programmed to light up in a certain way.
“The magical thing about this solution is it’s brighter, it’s thinner, it’s flexible, it’s addressable, and programmable. You can address the sections of the diodes, which is a whole other space when you start thinking about solutions of light that you can address sections of,” the exec said.