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April 23rd, 2015 at 4:44 pm

3D printing meets graphene

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By 3DPRINT.GURU

Futurist Thomas Frey writes: ” In 2004, scientists Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov from the University of Manchester, used adhesive tape to lift a thin layer of carbon from a block of graphite, and placed it on a silicone wafer.  Graphite is the stuff commonly found in pencil lead.  As simple as this sounds, what these two scientists had created was a 2-dimensional form of carbon known as graphene, and in 2010 they received the Nobel Prize in Physics for this discovery.  But that’s only part of the story.”  

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What makes the discovery of graphene so important is all of its unusual properties. It is a pure form of carbon that is very thin, very strong and very expensive.

Frey continues: “These unusual attributes have made graphene the most exciting new material in all of science. Since its discovery, a total of 8,413 patents were granted by February 2013 in areas such as super computing, electronics, energy storage, telecommunications, renewable power, health care, and telecommunications.” futuristspeaker.com

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According to scientists, graphene is the strongest material ever measured. The Chinese seem to believe in it’s wondrous properties and In 2014, built the world largest 3D printer for the purpose of home building and construction. To do that, they formulated a printing material that is made of graphene and fiberglass and is extremely resilient, perfect for their construction work.

With true focus on R&D, graphene has the potential to revolutionize processes across industries and could completely transform our world as the material of the 21st century.

Images and article via 3DPrint.Guru

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