According to the new study, researchers have developed new ways to 3D print complex objects. These objects are used in battery and aerospace industries and are made of highest performing materials. Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Virginia Tech have developed this innovative process. Prior to this research, the researchers could only print this material, known as graphene in 2D sheet or with basic structure. Now, the engineers from Virginia Tech are co-working on a project in which they use 3D print graphene objects. These objects are now used at a higher resolution and on greater magnitude that was never used before.
Graphene is one of the strongest material ever tested on Earth. It also possess high electricity and thermal conductivity, that is why it is highly desired in industries, including heat management, aerospace, batteries, separation, sensors, and catalysis.
Graphene is made up of single layer of carbon atom systematically arranged in a hexagonal grid. When graphene sheets are placed neatly on layered on each other and forms a three dimensional shape, it turns a graphite, most commonly used in pencils.
Director of the Advanced Manufacturing and Metamaterials Lab and an assistance professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Xiaoyu “Rayne” Zheng, said that designers could now design three-dimensional topology made up of graphene sheets.
He also added by saying, with the help of this novel design and manufacturing freedom will lead to optimization of conductivity, strength, mass transport, and weight density that aren’t attainable in graphene aerogel.