Graphene 3D Lab files provisional patent for 3D printed batteries.
The ability to embed electronics into 3D printed products could be the next step in the development of additive manufacturing. Graphene 3D Lab is taking that next step and has submitted a provisional application for a patent in the US for 3D printed battery technology.
Graphene 3D Lab is a company focused on developing and manufacturing graphene-based materials for various types of 3D printing. This includes fused filament fabrication as well as the design, manufacture and marketing of three-dimensional printers and products worldwide. Graphene believes that its batteries have the ability to outperform conventional batteries.
“The application filed by Graphene 3D has the potential to play an important role in achieving the ability to print electronic devices due to the necessity of providing a power source,” says Daniel Stolyarov, CEO of Graphene 3D.
“A 3D printed battery can be incorporated into a 3D printed object during the building process. In addition, 3D printed batteries have several advantages over traditional batteries. Their shape, size and specifications can be freely adjusted to fit the particular design of the device.”
3D printing electronics is still in the early stages of development but could contribute significantly to the printing of complete fully functioning devices. The current technology limits manufacturers to prototypes and non-functioning parts but if Graphene proves successful we could see operation ready parts such as custom batteries and supercapacitors incorporated into objects during the manufacturing process.