The Atlas Energy Systems technology provides a way to turn high-level radioactive decay products from spent nuclear fuel into a usable energy source via radioisotope plasma generation. After unsuccessfully making an additive manufacturing model, the company turned to the Polsky Center for help. As an incubator company at Argonne National Laboratory, the Fab Lab at the Polsky Center was able to assist in the creation of prototypes to illustrate the complex technologies at upcoming conferences and trade shows.
“At TechConnect I showed it [the prototype] to more than 100 people I had come up and play with it and look at it. It was super helpful. It made it drastically faster to explain my technology. A lot of people don’t know how to envision a nuclear battery, they think of a Duracell glowing. With this model I can point to and pull out the parts as I explain how it works.” — Ian Hamilton, CEO of Atlas Energy Systems.
Fab Lab Equipment used:
- UPRINT SE PLUS 3D PRINTER