UK-based photopolymer 3D printing specialist Photocentric has announced a new research initiative to create lighter, smaller and more powerful batteries using additive manufacturing.
Through the creation of a new battery research division, Photocentric is now said to be deploying its entire team of researchers to develop novel AM solutions for improving energy storage by producing batteries featuring faster charging and increased power density. Dr Sarah Karmel, Head of R&D Chemistry at Photocentric said: “Currently, electric vehicles are made to fit around the battery module, we want to create customised batteries that fit the vehicle.” Compared to batteries currently in use by the automotive industry, which are large, heavy and not optimised for their intended application, Photocentric plans to use its visible light polymerisation in combination with its LCD screen-based 3D printers to enable the low-cost mass manufacture of battery electrodes which take advantage of 3D printing’s geometric freedom. In […]
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