Graphene Spurs a Progressive Leap Forward for 3D Printed Products and Production
XG Sciences, Inc. a market leader in the design and manufacture of graphene nanoplatelets and advanced materials containing graphene nanoplatelets, and Terrafilum®, an eco-friendly, high-quality filament producer for the 3D printing industry, today announced a joint development agreement to develop, produce and market 3D printing filaments and coatings using graphene-based materials.
First isolated and characterized in 2004, graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms configured in an atomic-scale honeycomb lattice. Among many noted properties, monolayer graphene is harder than diamonds, lighter than steel but significantly stronger, and conducts electricity better than copper. Graphene nanoplatelets are particles consisting of multiple layers of graphene. Graphene nanoplatelets have unique capabilities for energy storage, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, barrier properties, lubricity and the ability to impart physical property improvements when incorporated into plastics, metals or other matrices.
Chris Jackson, President of Terrafilum, points out, “The full potential for 3D printing is starting to be unlocked. The addition of XG’sgraphene formulations into our eco-friendly filaments will transform products allowing a greater variety of parts to be created at faster production rates using less energy.”
3D printing has been great for prototyping and limited run production parts, but companies have been challenged to move into high volume production due to material limitations such as direction specific structural weaknesses, a lack of conductivity, a sparse selection of ESDrobust filaments, an overall lack of part performance and slow production times.
Graphene-enhanced filaments help solve product-related problems, historically associated with FDM(Fused Deposition Modeling)printing, by enhancing z-direction strength, providing more ESD robust parts and creating overall lighter parts in less time.
“Marrying together well-established3D printing technologies with our graphene-enhanced formulations makes the material difference in resolving the two most limiting factors in3D printed parts, product strength and processing speeds,” said Dr. Leroy Magwood, Chief Technologist for XG Sciences.
About XG Sciences, Inc.
XG Sciences, formed in 2006, specializes in utilizing graphene nanoplatelets to formulate advanced materials that amplify the performance of products across numerous industries. High-performance materials have been shipped to over 1,000 organizations in 47 countries. Test results have shown enhancements in manufacturing processability and improvements in mechanical, thermal, electrical, and barrier properties for many base materials. For more information please visit www.xgsciences.com.
Terrafilum® Engineered Filaments is a US company providing 3D printer filaments and material solutions that intersect manufacturing, technology, and sustainability priorities of various industries. The company’s innovative solutions are for industrial professionals demanding materials whose quality and value is the best on and for planet Earth. Terrafilum seeks to deliver solutions to improve both the effectiveness and efficiency of materials helping improve the bottom line for manufacturers. The company specializes in engineered 3D printing filaments and coatings that are suited for many forms of industrial and professional applications ranging from product prototyping to manufacturing of custom parts.
If you would like more information about XG Sciences, Inc., please contact:
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