Power 3D, started in 2023, located in Pittsburgh, PA, produces Li-Ion batteries for unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAVs” or drones) that do not have enough energy to fly their mission. We 3D print cathodes that increase energy density, decrease charge time, and increase cycle life.
Their PhI Project, is entitled: 3D printed electrodes to increase energy density, decrease charge time and increase cycle life of Lithium-Ion batteries. It is focused on the following: Power 3D has developed 3D printed electrodes for Lithium-Ion batteries and tested a coin cell. The process prints ultrathick electrodes in a unique lattice structure. The ultrathick electrodes allow for a lighter battery with the same energy, while the lattice structure allows for faster ion transfer with improved charge times and improved cycle life. The goal of the NSF Seed Fund application is to 3D print traditional battery electrode materials (the coin cell used silver) and produce a pouch cell that our target market, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, uses.
Of our IPart Proposal development assistance, Peter had the following to say: ““IPart not only helped Power 3D to apply for the NSF Seed Fund, but educated the team on how to submit SBIRs – allowing us to apply for several other solicitations.”
Pennsylvania’s Innovation Partnership (IPart) is supported by an SBA FAST Award & the financial and staff counseling contributions of our IPart Partner Organizations. Power3D received IPart’s FREE, Pre-Proposal Technical Review to assist in refining their proposal and was also awarded a $5k MicroVoucher to work with one of IPart’s Pre-Approved, SBIR/STTR Grant Assistance Providers, Power3D was assisted by Preferred Provider: