The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has published research into 3D printed solar cells. Using Optomec’s aerosol jet technology, the AFRL intend to develop a more efficient production process for harnessing solar power.
The research group expects that by providing an accessible manufacturing method, the technology can become more widely used. Leading the research project, Dr. Santanu Bag explains the project’s motivation,
Albuquerque’s Optomec has showcased its ability to print onto 3D surfaces with a turbine blade for GE. The company also recently advanced its proprietary aerosol jet technology with the ability to print with copper inks. The breakthrough is expected to have a big impact on the promise of 3D printed electronics.