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Applied NanoStructured Solutions LLC | Date: 2017-04-19

Objects produced by conventional three-dimensional printing methods are often incompletely consolidated and are not easily repaired. Printing compositions to address this issue can include a solidifiable matrix and a microwave absorber dispersed in the solidifiable matrix. The microwave absorber can be a plurality of carbon nanostructures containing a plurality of carbon nanotubes that are branched, crosslinked, and share common walls with one another. Methods for processing a three-dimensional printed object can include: providing a three-dimensional printed object formed from a printing composition containing a solidifiable matrix and a microwave absorber dispersed in the solidifiable matrix, and applying a focused input of microwave radiation to the printed object at one or more locations. Applying the microwave radiation heats the microwave absorber at the one or more locations and promotes consolidation of the printing composition within the printed object.


Patent
Applied NanoStructured Solutions LLC | Date: 2017-04-19

Objects produced by conventional three-dimensional printing methods often have limited structural quality. Printing compositions to address this issue can include a solidifiable matrix and a plurality of carbon nanostructures dispersed in the solidifiable matrix. The carbon nanostructures include a plurality of carbon nanotubes that are branched, crosslinked, and share common walls with one another. Three-dimensional printing methods utilizing such printing compositions can include: depositing the printing composition in a layer-by-layer deposition process, and while depositing the printing composition, applying a focused input of microwave radiation in proximity to a location where the printing composition is being deposited. The focused input of microwave radiation heats the carbon nanostructures at the location and promotes consolidation of the printing composition within an object being produced by the layer-by-layer deposition process.


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Applied Nanostructured Solutions Llc | Date: 2014-12-23

A composition includes a carbon nanotube (CNT)-infused metal fiber material which includes a metal fiber material of spoolable dimensions, a barrier coating conformally disposed about the metal fiber material, and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) infused to the metal fiber material. A continuous CNT infusion process includes: (a) disposing a barrier coating and a carbon nanotube (CNT)-forming catalyst on a surface of a metal fiber material of spoolable dimensions; and (b) synthesizing carbon nanotubes on the metal fiber material, thereby forming a carbon nanotube-infused metal fiber material.


Patent
Applied Nanostructured Solutions Llc | Date: 2014-12-23

A composition includes a carbon nanotube (CNT)-infused carbon fiber material that includes a carbon fiber material of spoolable dimensions and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) infused to the carbon fiber material. The infused CNTs are uniform in length and uniform in distribution. The CNT infused carbon fiber material also includes a barrier coating conformally disposed about the carbon fiber material, while the CNTs are substantially free of the barrier coating. A continuous CNT infusion process includes: (a) functionalizing a carbon fiber material; (b) disposing a barrier coating on the functionalized carbon fiber material (c) disposing a carbon nanotube (CNT)-forming catalyst on the functionalized carbon fiber material; and (d) synthesizing carbon nanotubes, thereby forming a carbon nanotube-infused carbon fiber material.


Patent
Applied Nanostructured Solutions Llc | Date: 2014-12-18

Described herein are multi-functional composite materials containing energy storage assemblies that can be significantly resistant to tension/compression stress. The energy storage assemblies can contain at least one energy storage layer that contains an insulating layer having a plurality of openings arranged in a spaced apart manner, and a plurality of energy storage devices, each energy storage device being contained within one of the openings. The energy storage devices can be electrically connected to one another. The energy storage layer can contain a support material upon which electrical connections are formed. One or more energy storage layers can be disposed between two or more stress carrying layers to form an energy storage assembly that can have significant resistance to tension/compression stress. Energy storage devices suitable for use in the energy storage assemblies can include, for example, batteries, capacitors and/or supercapacitors. Methods for producing the energy storage assemblies are also described.


Patent
Applied Nanostructured Solutions Llc | Date: 2016-08-23

Carbon nanostructures free of an adhered growth substrate can include a plurality of carbon nanotubes that are branched, crosslinked, and share common walls with one another. Under applied shear, crosslinks between the carbon nanotubes in carbon nanostructures can break to form fractured carbon nanotubes that are branched and share common walls. Methods for making polymer composites from carbon nanostructures can include combining a polymer matrix and a plurality of carbon nanostructures that are free of an adhered growth substrate, and dispersing the carbon nanostructures in the polymer matrix under applied shear. The applied shear breaks crosslinks between the carbon nanotubes to form a plurality of fractured carbon nanotubes that are dispersed as individuals in the polymer matrix. Polymer composites can include a polymer matrix and a plurality of fractured carbon nanotubes dispersed as individuals in the polymer matrix.


Patent
Applied Nanostructured Solutions Llc | Date: 2014-02-06

A system for synthesizing carbon nanotubes (CNT) on a fiber material includes a surface treatment system adapted to modify the surface of the fiber material to receive a barrier coating upon which carbon nanotubes are to be grown, a barrier coating application system downstream of the surface treatment system adapted to apply the barrier coating to the treated fiber material surface, and a barrier coating curing system downstream of the barrier coating application systems for partially curing the applied barrier coating to enhance reception of CNT growth catalyst nanoparticles.


Patent
Applied Nanostructured Solutions Llc | Date: 2015-06-05

Objects produced by conventional three-dimensional printing methods often have limited structural quality. Printing compositions to address this issue can include a solidifiable matrix and a plurality of carbon nanostructures dispersed in the solidifiable matrix. The carbon nanostructures include a plurality of carbon nanotubes that are branched, crosslinked, and share common walls with one another. Three-dimensional printing methods utilizing such printing compositions can include: depositing the printing composition in a layer-by-layer deposition process, and while depositing the printing composition, applying a focused input of microwave radiation in proximity to a location where the printing composition is being deposited. The focused input of microwave radiation heats the carbon nanostructures at the location and promotes consolidation of the printing composition within an object being produced by the layer-by-layer deposition process.


Patent
Applied Nanostructured Solutions Llc | Date: 2015-06-05

Objects produced by conventional three-dimensional printing methods are often incompletely consolidated and are not easily repaired. Printing compositions to address this issue can include a solidifiable matrix and a microwave absorber dispersed in the solidifiable matrix. The microwave absorber can be a plurality of carbon nanostructures containing a plurality of carbon nanotubes that are branched, crosslinked, and share common walls with one another. Methods for processing a three-dimensional printed object can include: providing a three-dimensional printed object formed from a printing composition containing a solidifiable matrix and a microwave absorber dispersed in the solidifiable matrix, and applying a focused input of microwave radiation to the printed object at one or more locations. Applying the microwave radiation heats the microwave absorber at the one or more locations and promotes consolidation of the printing composition within the printed object.


Patent
Applied NanoStructured Solutions LLC | Date: 2014-10-15

A system for synthesizing carbon nanotubes (CNT) on a fiber material includes a surface treatment system adapted to modify the surface of the fiber material to receive a barrier coating upon which carbon nanotubes are to be grown, a barrier coating application system downstream of the surface treatment system adapted to apply the barrier coating to the treated fiber material surface, and a barrier coating curing system downstream of the barrier coating application system for partially curing the applied barrier coating to enhance reception of CNT growth catalyst nanoparticles.

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