Thursday, June 20, 2013

Researchers create micro-battery with 3D printer

From Engadget:

We often hear about the coming nanobot revolution, but just how are scientists planning on powering these future marvels? Well, researchers from Harvard and the University of Illinois may have found the solution in a 3D-printed battery: it’s smaller than a grain of sand, yet has areal energy and power densities comparable to your cellphone battery. The team used a custom 3D printer with a 1mm wide nozzle to deposit two separate lithium metal oxide pastes into comb-like shapes, which then hardened to create an anode and cathode. After adding an electrolyte, a sub-hair-width cell was created with “performance comparable to commercial batteries in terms of charge and discharge rate, cycle life and energy densities.” Those could someday wind up in medical devices, wearable electronics or tiny flying drones, for instance.

[read more] [paper]

Notes

  1. shadowlightning reblogged this from futurescope
  2. dorkamusprime reblogged this from emergentfutures
  3. ramoncacho reblogged this from emergentfutures
  4. criticaltoys reblogged this from emergentfutures
  5. michaeldaft reblogged this from emergentfutures
  6. beautyandscience reblogged this from emergentfutures
  7. enzocalamo reblogged this from emergentfutures
  8. emergentfutures reblogged this from futurescope
  9. laetscybercloud reblogged this from futurescope
  10. flyingonconfidence reblogged this from futurescope and added:
    This technology is awesome cool, yet scary at the same time.
  11. hellomack reblogged this from futurescope
  12. paramountprecocity reblogged this from futurescope
  13. alldevallday reblogged this from futurescope
  14. bensyked reblogged this from futurist-foresight
  15. ironsloth1993 reblogged this from futurist-foresight
  16. mutantgirlssquad reblogged this from futurist-foresight
  17. goleftduh reblogged this from futurescope and added:
    This is so amazing… The world is going to be very different in 10years… #technology #3Dprinting #freakingamazing
  18. archdvmon reblogged this from futurescope
  19. case-custom reblogged this from futurescope
  20. medicated reblogged this from mojoe82