One of the most important factors to expanding the capabilities of 3D printing technology is the advancement of materials, the development of more functional and higher-quality filaments. With intensive material research still underway, graphene has quickly arisen as one of the most mechanically sound elements on the planet. Not only is the nearly transparent material one of the toughest known to man, it’s also an exceptional conductor of heat and electricity, making it well-suited for an abundance of applications.
No company has integrated graphene into 3D printing quite like the New York-based Graphene 3D Lab, a pioneer in producing over 100 graphene-based and other extraordinary materials, from magnetic filament to conductive flexible TPU. The composite material producer has worked with some of the largest companies and universities in the world, including NASA, GE, Apple, Harvard, Stanford, and many others, and their diverse line of materials has been utilized for a wide range of applications.
Graphene 3D Lab’s latest development is the state-of-the-art G6-ImpactTM, a graphene composite material created for the automotive, robotics, drone, and aerospace industries, as well as various military sectors. The G6-ImpactTM features exceptional rigidity and absorption, making it ideal for components required to withstand impact and vibration. The material is especially useful for safety-critical applications requiring vibration resistance on rigid surfaces, such as various sporting gear, power tool handles, automotive parts, and aerospace components.
“Being established only a few months ago, the Industrial Materials Division has developed a truly remarkable material with a very promising future. We consider the G6-ImpactTM product to be a milestone achievement for the company.” said Elena Polyakova, Co-CEO of Graphene 3D. “We anticipate that G6-ImpactTM will address the growing demand for materials with high resilience, good vibration damping, or impact absorption.”
Utilizing their proprietary formulation and production process, Graphene 3D Lab’s G6-ImpactTM composite material was developed by combining their High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) resin, Carbon Fibers, and Graphene Nanoplatelets. Produced in their New York facility, their latest material will be available as a 3D printing filament and in pellet form for injection molding or thermoforming. On top of that, Graphene 3D Lab states that they welcome requests for those looking to create specialized polymer composites for specified applications.
To help secure their material ahead of release, Graphene 3D Lab has filed a provisional patent application to legally cover the methods of production, formulation, and the potential applications of the G6-ImpactTM material. The composite material producer will be offering small sample packs of G6-ImpactTM by request. By integrating what the American Physical Society classifies as a “wonder material” with 3D printing technology, Graphene 3D is breaking the boundaries of what is possible with additive manufacturing, as well as material composition. Discuss in the Graphene 3D forum at 3DPB.com.[Source: Graphene 3D]