MTU Students Help Improve Taillights for 2013 Vehicles

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MTU students help improve headlights for 2013 carsMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)Drivers of many new cars will have better taillights, thanks to a partnership between Michigan Tech students and 3M.

MTU’s Consumer Products Manufacturing and Blue Marble Security Enterprise, teams of students that take on challenges faced by industry, spent four years testing 3M’s Uniform Lighting Lens, by investigating the optical properties of the material.

That material is now on several 2013 model-year cars and will be debuting on more cars in the near future. Iron Mountain native Brett Spigarelli is a PhD candidate in chemical engineering who worked on the 3M project as an undergraduate at Tech. He says the project was a good example of getting students involved with problems of interest to industry.

ULL is designed to better disperse the light of LEDs (light emitting diodes), increasing effectiveness while still enjoying the same energy savings compared to halogen bulbs.

The challenge for the Michigan Tech students was in applying ULL, a film, in industrial applications and ensuring that it would hold up to the manufacturing process.

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