3D printing breakthrough unlocks ‘industrial renaissance’ for solid-state batteries | Automotive World

image

Sakuu Corporation has developed a multi-material, multi-process 3D printing platform that could potentially revolutionise the electric vehicle (EV) market. The Sakuu AM Platform allows for the production of completely different materials in a single layer, meaning it could be used for complex devices like solid-state batteries (SSBs) for EVs. Many industry players believe that SSBs could kick-start EV uptake, but these batteries have historically been difficult to make. This is the initial focus area for the company and the KeraCel SSB is its first product.

“The battery is the most difficult thing to print,” says Sakuu Founder and Chief Executive Robert Bagheri. “If you can print that, you can print anything.” The platform has attracted interest from manufacturers of EVs, electric motors and IoT sensors. “Our vision was to develop an additive manufacturing platform that would enable our customers to build any product that they could dream of,” he tells Automotive World.