Graphene Takes a Leap Forward into 3D Printed Production
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Graphene Takes a Leap Forward into 3D Printed Production

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Chris Jackson, President

Graphene-enhanced filaments facilitate in solving product-related problems, traditionally linked with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) printing, by advancing z-direction strength, providing more ESD robust parts, and creating lighter pieces in less time.

FREMONT, CA: “We address 3D printing’s sustainability issue by making filaments that are made of eco-friendly, reprocessed, and recyclable materials,” states Chris Jackson, President of Terrafilum, while addressing the issues that manufacturers face today when it comes to leveraging 3D printing technologies. 

To develop, manufacture, and market 3D printing filaments and coatings using graphene-based materials, two market leaders have come together to form a joint venture. XGSciences, a market leader in the design and manufacture of graphene nanoplates and advanced materials and Terrafilum, an eco-friendly, high-quality filament producer for the 3D printing industry, recently announced their coming together.   

Featured among “Top 10 3D Printing Solution Providers – 2019” by Manufacturing Technology Insights Magazine, Terrafilum specializes in engineered 3D printer filaments, well-matched for all forms of industrial tools ranging from prototyping to parts manufacturing for custom products.

“The full potential for 3D printing is starting to be unlocked,” opines Jackson. While talking about the benefits of the joint venture, he adds, “The addition of XG’s graphene 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 exceptional for prototyping and limited-run production components, but enterprises have been challenged to move into high-volume manufacturing due to material limitations. The limitations include direction-specific structural weaknesses, lack of conductivity, sparse selection of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) robust filaments, and overall lack of part performance and slow production times. 

First isolated and distinguished in 2004, graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms configured in an atomic-scale honeycomb lattice. Among other noted properties, monolayer graphene is more rigid than diamonds, lighter than steel, but considerably stronger and conducts electrical energy better than copper. Graphene nanoplatelets are particles comprising of multiple layers of graphene. They have unique capabilities for thermal and electrical conductivity, energy storage, lubricity, barrier properties, and the capacity to impart physical property developments when incorporated into metals, plastics, or other matrices.

Additionally, graphene-enhanced filaments facilitate in solving product-related problems, traditionally linked with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) printing, by advancing z-direction strength, providing more ESD robust parts and creating lighter pieces in less time.

“Marrying together well-established 3D printing technologies with our graphene-enhanced formulations makes the material difference in resolving the two most limiting factors in 3D printed parts, product strength and processing speeds,” said Dr. Leroy Magwood, Chief Technologist for XG Sciences.

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