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Lasers could take 3D printing to next level at Clemson University

Lasers could take 3D printing to next level at Clemson University

Written by David

November 28, 2018

CLEMSON — Cars that go more than 1,000 miles on a single fill-up and smartphones that can run for days without recharging are among the possibilities that could come out of a new Clemson University research project that brings together 3D printing and laser processing. Jianhua “Joshua” Tong and his team are working on a new 3D-printing technique involving rapid laser processing to create “protonic ceramic electrolyzer stacks” that convert electricity to hydrogen as a way of storing energy. Jianhua “Joshua” Tong, left, and Ph.D. student Shenlong Mu work in their Sirrine Hall lab, where they are working on new technology that combines 3D printing and laser processing. The electrolyzers could have several uses, including as a fuel source in cars or to store energy generated from solar and wind power. The new laser 3D-printing technique would reduce the cost and time of manufacturing highly compacted electrolyzers, Tong said. […]

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