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3D-printed batteries could replace traditional cells in the near future

By Shawn Knight
Nov 26, 2013
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  1. We’ve seen 3D printing technology lead to a number of breakthroughs but the latest could be the most viable and important yet. Harvard materials scientist Jennifer Lewis has been using new tools and inks to create 3D printed batteries and...

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  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    I don't necessarily want smaller "tech gadgets," I want them to last longer. =/

    We won't talk about "all day" computing or phone use, you start talking about weeks, maybe months. Same goes for wireless keyboards, mice, headsets, etc.

    Don't get me wrong, being able to cram a tiny battery in small places is great for things already small like [smart] watches, HUD devices like google glass, and the like, but that's not my personal priority.
     
  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    madboyv1
    But remember, the smaller a battery is, the more we can cram in tight places meaning multiple batteries on one source. Battery tech is a slow evolving technology that is getting difficult with power consumption going up to keep up with. If we are able to cram lots of little batteries in tight places with good life, we can make things last longer just based on that.
     
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Wow this is amazing. Imagine 3 printing your own device at home. This could kill the manufacturing industry, but it is great for the consumer.
     
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,558   +2,900

    Naturally they jump to decrease the size of the battery instead of increasing run time longevity. I'm sick of the consumer/industry wanting smaller and smaller devices, while we fall into a daily ritual of making sure our devices are charging. Why even have a portable device, if we are going to have daily maintenance charging it.
     

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