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3D electronics printer has potential to reshape solar and storage

Australian startup Syenta has developed a 3D printer capable of printing highly complex and functional electronics like photovoltaics, batteries, sensors and more, promising to do so in ways that are faster, cheaper and use less energy.


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Australian National University (ANU) spinoff Syenta has just completed a $2.46 million seed funding raise to help deliver its 3D electronics printers to early customers. After working on the technology for the last three years, co-founder and CEO Jekaterina Viktorova tells pv magazine Australia the startup will shortly be seeking feedback on its initial printer, which can be used to build electronic prototypes.

“We call it a printer for electronics but really it's a multi-material additive manufacturing technology. You can literally make anything you want,” says Ben Wilkinson, Syenta's head of research and development.

Syenta prints with electrochemistry, using a purely additive method. “We basically use electricity to deposit patterns of material,” Wilkinson explains.

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