By Noah W. | 3DP4E
Graphene, a material made up of honeycombing carbon atoms that, even in a sheet only one atom thick is 100x stronger than steel, has seemed to finally overtake Carbon Nanotubes as the single technological breakthrough that will change our lives completely, finally making it possible for us to reach the stars, extend our lifespans indefinitely, and solve all other problems of a pre-graphine world. So, it's about time we started using it in the 3D Printing space, no?
Well, two different companies have that exact idea; 3D Graphtech Industries operating in conjunction with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and Grafoid out of Ontario, Canada.
3D Graphtech Industries is a collaboration between graphite mining company, Kibaran Resources, and Australian 3D printer manufacturer, 3D Group created in order to study applications for graphene and graphite within 3D printing. The group have recently signed an agreement with Australia's CSIRO to investigate research opportunities within the area of 3D printing using graphite and graphene ‘inks' with a focus on identifying technical problems within the current market, and figuring out solutions. The initial research is expected to take six weeks, and if successful, the partnership would likely be extended.
Grafoid, on the other hand, recently opened their production facilities in Kingston, Ontario. The facilities, which will be used as the new home for Grafoid’s Mesograf, graphene based filament and powder, includes production facilities, R&D labs, and areas for graphene material testing and engineering/product development. The 225,000 sq foot Innovation Park center will be the hub of Grafoid’s business operations.
These two companies join 3D Printing giant Stratasys, who've entered an R&D partnership wit Graphene Technologies in the race to find out how to use this new miracle material in conjunction with 3D Printing.
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