Graphene 3D Lab Reveals 3D-Printed Battery (w/video)

3 years ago by Mark Kane 8

3D-Printed Battery for cars?

3D-Printed Battery for cars?

Graphene 3D Lab Reveals 3D-Printed Battery

Graphene 3D Lab Reveals 3D-Printed Battery

A company called Graphene 3D Lab (the spinout of Graphene Laboratories, Inc.) recently demonstrated a 3D printed battery with use of graphene-enhanced materials.

Graphene 3D Lab said that “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“.

Potential application for this are of course structural batteries for electric vehicles, which some companies like Volvo presented (using old fashion cells) in the past.

We are not sure how well structural batteries would work, as there arises a new set of problems (collisions), but the concept is interesting.

More information can be found in the presentation and in the video attached below.

Beside materials and 3D printer filaments (3D printer feed stock) for different applications, Graphene 3D Lab would like to produce multimaterial printers starting in early 2016.

Graphene 3D Investor Video from Shufflebox Productions, LLC on Vimeo.

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8 responses to "Graphene 3D Lab Reveals 3D-Printed Battery (w/video)"

  1. Ambulator says:

    Yeah, for cars this sounds like a gimmick. It might be useful elsewhere, though.

  2. kdawg says:

    They should make parts of the car that do not get damaged in fender benders.

  3. James says:

    I like the whole solar absorbent paint idea. This looks like it’s pretty out-there.

    Things like battery packs have to be scalable and plans for manufacturing takes years, not months. I think Tesla’s approach, and GM’s approach with LG’s lithium ion pouches are solutions wherein the form factor does not have to change with every new tweak in chemistry.

  4. James says:

    Kdawg? I have a great idea for you to do which could earn some bucks from us EV guys. You could write a book filled with all the rumors and “significant breakthroughs in battery tech” just “a few years away”. We can
    look back and laugh at all these wonderful “game changers” and read how the 500,600 and 1000 mile electric car was just around the corner ( in 2008! ).

    🙂

  5. leaf owner says:

    Nice concept but not practical. Can’t store energy in something that can be that easily damaged in an accident….

  6. Dwayne says:

    Not sure how this would work, but I am really glad people are thinking out of the box. You never know when someone is going to completely blow us away with a “out of the box” idea that make a big difference in our lives.

  7. Anderlan says:

    We all know the first application of a battery that can be placed inside body panels will not AT FIRST be placed inside body panels but will just be packaged as a better performing battery. Therefore, if someone hypes their battery as being great for putting in body panels I have every reason to believe it’s at least presently an inferior-performing battery.

  8. Rob says:

    So does this mean after I have bought a 3D printer, I could ‘print’ my own battery packs?
    I like the sound of that!
    Just one question, where would I buy the special materials needed?