Oct. 24, 2014
Graphene 3D Lab, based in Calverton, New York, announced in September that the company submitted a provisional application for a patent to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for recent innovations in the materials and methods of 3D printable batteries. Yesterday Graphene 3D released a brief video outlining details of the 3D printed battery development.
Graphene can be easily mixed with thermoplastics commonly used in FDM 3D printer. Currently the company is working on designing a mixture of plastics and graphene that can be turned into nanocomposite material filament. The graphene-enhanced materials can be used within any standard FDM 3D printers to fabricate a functioning battery which may be incorporated into a 3D printed object during the build process. These filaments possess functional properties including thermal and electrical conductivity and would be useful to produce variety of sorts of 3D printed batteries.
The key to power any electronic object is to have it attached to a power source. Currently Graphene 3D's 3D printed batteries can produce the same amount of power as a common AA battery, which could easily provide enough electricity to power the sort of small transmitters or sensors.
The company's 3D printed graphene battery can potentially outperform a conventional battery because of its shape, size and specifications that can be freely adjusted to fit the particular design of almost any 3D printed device.
Dr. Daniel Stolyarov, chief technology officer and co-founder of Graphene 3D Lab expects the company will offer the graphene-enhanced filaments to consumers later this year so they can print their own batteries. In the long term, Graphene 3D Lab plans to build a bespoke plug-and-play 3D printer which will allow users to 3D print battery by simply pressing one button.
Watch a video below explaining the technology: