On 27th September 2016 Netfficient partners followed the invitation of SME partner Power Tech Systems (PTS) to visit its laboratory in Poissy (France). Here, the partners learn more about PTS expertise in Li-Ion batteries, battery management and integration into storage systems.
Moreover, the visitors became aware that a 3D-printer is used for rapid creation of 3D-plastic components e.g. for the battery storage systems used in NETfficient. With the technique of Fused Deposition Modeling, for example small 3D-pieces may be printed through melting of thermoplastic filaments and depositing layer by layer on a platform. So PTS not only holds a key expertise in batteries and battery integration, but also uses the cutting-edge technology of 3D-printing for NETfficient technologies.
Picture 1 (cover picture) shows the 3D printer at PTS laboratory, used for the production of customised parts made of plastics.
3D-printing is a state-of-the-art additive manufacturing procedure. In an actual report on 3D-printing, the European Commission (EC) recently identified this procedure as one of the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that will bring forward the future development of services and products. Hence, EC pushes forward a closer cooperation between actors across EU regions and is engaged in accelerating the market uptake of 3D-printed solutions. Therefore, the EC encourages companies to further engage in this technology.
European Commission: “Report on 3D-printing: Current and future application areas, existing industrial value chains and missing competences in the EU Published on: 21/09/2016, Last update: 23/09/2016”