NASA Uses Our Three Roll Mills and Belt Furnace for Additive Electronics

NASA is using our equipment to develop next generation printed electronics technologies for living and working in space! We are very proud to be a part of the advanced work in their Additive Electronics Laboratory. THT is dedicated to assisting Research and Development with our high quality, powerful equipment designed to meet the needs of precise applications. Our T65B three roll mills with stainless steel and ceramic rollers are both being used to reduce particles to sizes appropriate for 3D printing inks.


THT's three roll mill with stainless steel rollers featured above in NASA's report

Obtaining accurate results is of top importance to NASA, and our three roll mills can finely disperse, mix, refine or homogenize nanoelectronic inks and other viscous materials. NASA's goal is to use THT T65B three roll mills to help develop their own conductor inks, which will have better conductivity, substrate adhesion, and solderability than most commercial 3D materials currently available.


THT's T65B three roll mills in the Nano-Electronic Materials Processing Lab as shown in NASA's report

After the inks are used for 3D printing, NASA is using THT belt furnaces to cure the printed layers inside of the solid state Ultracapacitor that they are developing. With uniform and stable temperature control in the belt furnace, NASA has exact control over the Ultracapacitor each step of the way. NASA aims to use the Ultracapacitor to eliminate hazards associated with electrolytic energy storage devices, such as lithium ion batteries.


Info about the process of creating the Ultracapacitor from NASA's report

Using additive electronics to help humans explore deep space is tremendously exciting, but the work that NASA is doing also has a myriad of applications on earth as well. This includes but is not limited to applications within the following fields: electric vehicles, directed energy weapons, grid leveling, solar energy capture, residential power, hand tools, and portable electronics.

Check out more details in NASA's report here: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20180004197


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