Being able to 3D print a graphene infused material is a real breakthrough for many applications. Graphene has the highest strength of any material isolated, extraordinary conductivity, flexibility, and transparency. It is possible to print your own 3d printed battery.
Graphene 3D Lab, Inc. is focused on the development and manufacturing of graphene-enhanced materials for 3D printing, with proprietary technologies aimed at augmenting the properties of materials currently used in 3D printers.
Graphene 3D Lab is a spinout of Graphene Laboratories, Inc., a leader leader in manufacturing and retailing graphene and advanced materials. The Graphene Supermarket, an e-commerce outlet owned by Graphene Laboratories, is an internationally recognized brand which maintains a client list comprised of more than 7000 customers worldwide.
This is well down the path of full commercial release in the near future which is good news for technology developers (including my research company). I suspect it may be cost prohibited in the first instance, we have to wait and see.
Graphene-enhanced nanocomposite materials have greatly improved characteristics compared to plastics and other traditional materials used in 3D printing, thereby dramatically expanding the range of commercial applications of the technology. The technologies have the potential to bring 3D printing to the next stage of commercial development. Being added to polymers in the form of nanoplatelets, graphene affects materials in extraordinary ways. After the addition of graphene, materials then share many of the phenomenal properties of the graphene itself. They become mechanically strong and their thermal and electrical conductivity are greatly improved.
3D printing materials that can be used for printing entire devices, from the structure, to aesthetics, to electronics, in a way that is compatible with 3D printers currently on the market. The technology will allow consumers to use our graphene-enhanced polymers together with conventional polymers in the same printing process, thereby fabricating functional electronic devices using 3D printing. Such innovations in 3D printing will allow for the creation of a variety of products, such as printed electronic circuits, sensors, or batteries to be manufactured.
The Printed Battery
According to a recent press release The graphene-enhanced materials that have been developed by the company allow the 3D printing process to be used to fabricate a functioning battery which may be incorporated into a 3D printed object during the build process. 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 the device. Dr. Stolyarov commented: . “Our ability to create a 3D printable battery and other electrochemical devices will play a significant role in the growth of commercial applications of 3D printing technology.” Full press release : http://graphenelab.com/pdf/PressRelease-10-22-2014.pdf
From the editor, I am in travelling on a work related trip so many of my posts are rushed.