Lab to develop ‘Super-material’ graphene for 3D printing


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Nov.22, 2013

Lomiko Metals, announced today the formation of Graphene 3D Labs Inc. to focus on the development of high-performance graphene-enhanced materials for 3D Printing.

High quality graphite is a base material for producing graphene. As a emerging material Graphene could change the way electronic components are made. It is the thinnest material known and also the strongest material ever measured, some 200 times stronger than structural steel. Aside from it’s strength, light weight and flexibility, what really makes this material unique is how well it conducts heat and electricity, it is more conductive than copper!

Last month, American Graphite Technologies formed a partnership with the Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology (KIPT) to research graphene’s use in 3D printing. Following the project announcement, the company’s stock shot up more than 15 percent.

On February 12, 2013 Lomiko had entered into a Strategic Alliance Agreement with Graphene Labs to set up Graphene 3D Labs. Graphene Labs anticipate graphene-enabled materials to revolutionize 3D printing and strong demand in airspace, automotive, semi-conductor and advanced manufacturing industries. Under the agreement, Lomiko will provide graphite to Graphene 3D Labs as the exclusive supplier to Graphene 3D Labs and invest $ 50,000 in the start-up.

Lomiko will require a minimum of $ 300,000 financing by May 1, 2014 to participate in the venture and further financings to participate in a series of graphene-related ventures in addition to work on a graphite resource at the Quatre Milles Project. The transaction is arm’s length and subject to the approval of the TSX.

Currently Lomiko and Graphene Labs are working toward the integration of graphene-based products into end-user goods as set out in the Strategic Alliance. This is just a baby step toward 3D printing graphene, but we all know that it was going to be the next big thing. Imagine in the not too distant future consumers will be able to print their own computer monitors, electronic devices, and wearable electronic devices would become widespread.

Both 3D printers and high-tech materials are still in their early days. But technology is advancing at a fast pace, and what seems like baby steps today might be a giant leap for mankind tomorrow. By using graphene as the building material, 3D printers would be able to manufacture parts with strength, light-weight, flexibility, and conductivity. If this works, it will be possible to print out unbreakable smartphone, diamond-strength tools or light-weight super-tough auto parts, all in your living room.

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