Jan.20, 2014

Canada-based Lomiko Metals announced that Graphene 3D Lab has filed a provisional patent application for the use of graphene-enhanced material, along with other materials, in 3D Printing.

High quality graphite is a base material for producing graphene. As an emerging material Graphene could change the way electronic components are made. On February 12, 2013 Lomiko Metals had entered into a Strategic Alliance Agreement with Graphene Labs and both parties agreed to work on research and development of high-performance graphene-enhanced materials for 3D Printing. In November 2013 Lomiko Metals announced the formation of Graphene 3D Labs Inc.

Lomiko will provide graphite to Graphene 3D Labs as the exclusive supplier to Graphene 3D Labs and invest $ 50,000 in the start-up. On September 17, 2013, Lomiko and Graphene Labs reported that in the first step of the conversion process of graphite to graphene, natural graphite flakes were oxidized and turned into Graphene Oxide ("GO") by a modified Hummer's method. The properties of graphene, including its high conductivity, mechanical strength, and high specific surface area, make it an ideal electrode material.

"This patent application opens up a clear path toward the commercialization of graphene," stated Daniel Stolyarov, Graphene 3D Labs' CEO. "It is important that we find a method of creating graphene-infused filaments of outstanding quality at a reasonable cost."

Novel materials based on graphene open new markets for natural graphite. According to Graphene 3D Lab, adding graphene to polymers which are conventionally used in 3D printing improves the properties of the polymer in many different ways; it improves the polymers mechanical strength as well as its electrical and thermal conductivity. The method described in the provisional patent application allows consumers to use the polymer, infused with graphene, together with conventional polymers in the same printing process, thereby fabricating functional electronic devices using 3D printing.

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