Contact Us

3D Printer Produces Lithium Ion Batteries the Size of a Grain of Sand [VIDEO]

A team based at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a way to use 3D printing to create microbatteries that could supply electricity to tiny devices in the medical and communication fields.

The technology has been around for decades, but we are just starting to see some of the incredible capabilities of 3D printing. Using digital models, a 3D printer can create a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape. This technology is often used for prototyping ideas and designs and creates tangible objects used in the automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries.

There have been numerous advances in miniature devices, but the batteries that are needed to power these objects are often the same size or even larger than the actual devices itself. Obviously defeating the purpose of creating the small devices.

Scientists realized they could pack more energy if they could .

The team created a specially formulated “ink” that is deposited through a fine nozzle, similar to a tube of tooth paste. As it is distributed the ink immediatley hardens creating stacks of tightly interlaced, ultrathin electrodes and containing compounds to give it electrochemical properties. What they created are the first micro-batteries that are comparable to commercial batteries, but on a much smaller scale.

Check out the 3Doodleer - The world's first 3D printing pen

More from Newstalk 870

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://newstalk870.am using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Newstalk 870 KFLD: The Mid Columbia's Newstalk Leader quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Newstalk 870 KFLD: The Mid Columbia's Newstalk Leader quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!