Freeform fabrication of zinc‐air batteries and electromechanical assemblies

Evan Malone (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA)
Kian Rasa (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA)
Daniel Cohen (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA)
Todd Isaacson (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA)
Hilary Lashley (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA)
Hod Lipson (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA)

Rapid Prototyping Journal

ISSN: 1355-2546

Publication date: 1 February 2004

Abstract

This paper reports on a fabrication platform and extensions to deposition‐based processes that permit freeform fabrication of three‐dimensional functional assemblies with embedded conductive wiring and power sources. Structure and joints are produced by fused deposition of thermoplastics and deposition of elastomers. Conductive wiring is achieved by deposition of various low‐melting‐point alloys and conductive pastes. Batteries based on zinc‐air chemistry are produced by the deposition of zinc, electrolyte, and catalysts, with separator media and electrodes. Details of the deposition processes are provided and several printed assemblies are demonstrated.

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Malone, E., Rasa, K., Cohen, D., Isaacson, T., Lashley, H. and Lipson, H. (2004), "Freeform fabrication of zinc‐air batteries and electromechanical assemblies", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 58-69. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552540410512543

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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