Sakuu Collaborates with Livent for Printed Batteries
Sakuu is collaborating with Livent Corporation under an existing joint development agreement for the use of Livent’s LIOVIX printable lithium formulation in Sakuu’s battery 3D printing process.
April 21, 2023
Sakuu Corp., an additive manufacturing and solid-state battery technology company, announces promising results from its ongoing testing of a novel printable lithium formulation from Livent for use in Sakuu’s 3D printed batteries, according to the compannies. Sakuu is collaborating with Livent Corporation under an existing joint development agreement for the use of Livent’s LIOVIX printable lithium formulation in Sakuu’s battery 3D printing process. The LIOVIX platform includes applications for pre-lithiation and lithium metal anode manufacturing.
In February, Sakuu announced consistent, successful 3D printing of fully functional high-performance patterned batteries. These printed cells used Livent’s LIOVIX printable lithium formulation in the anode, which enhanced the patterning capabilities of Sakuu’s 3D printing process. Sakuu achieved several accomplishments in this period, including a fully functional 3D printed lithium-metal battery, a 3D printed patterned lithium-metal anode, and a 3D printed lithium-metal battery in a custom form factor shape.
Sakuu’s Kavian platform is engineered for companies to manufacture next-generation batteries, including solid-state chemistries, for commercial-scale production. Additionally, Sakuu's battery technology can be licensed for use in manufacturing equipment, or with the Kavian manufacturing platform.
“We are delighted to continue our relationship with Livent and explore how the LIOVIX formulation can integrate into our novel method of manufacturing next-generation SwiftPrint™ batteries at commercial scale,” says Robert Bagheri, CEO and founder of Sakuu. “Having access to innovative ingredients from a US-based, globally established lithium supplier enhances our next-gen battery development via 3D printing to deliver ultimate performance, safety, and sustainability. Our Kavian platform is designed to help industries reimagine what a battery can become—starting with how it is made—to unlock commercial-scale manufacturability of solid-state and other performance batteries.”
“The successful application of the LIOVIX formulation in Sakuu’s next generation batteries and leading-edge manufacturing process shows what is possible through strong collaboration and a shared commitment to advancing innovation in battery development,” says Paul Graves, Livent’s president and CEO.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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