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System and method for 3D printing of aerogels

United States Patent

March 8, 2016
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A method of forming an aerogel. The method may involve providing a graphene oxide powder and mixing the graphene oxide powder with a solution to form an ink. A 3D printing technique may be used to write the ink into a catalytic solution that is contained in a fluid containment member to form a wet part. The wet part may then be cured in a sealed container for a predetermined period of time at a predetermined temperature. The cured wet part may then be dried to form a finished aerogel part.
Worsley; Marcus A. (Hayward, CA), Duoss; Eric (Dublin, CA), Kuntz; Joshua (Livermore, CA), Spadaccini; Christopher (Livermore, CA), Zhu; Cheng (Livermore, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
14/ 481,362
September 9, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.