Dec 3, 2015 | By Kira
Graphene 3D Lab, known for the development of proprietary graphene-based nanocomposite materials for 3D printing, has just filed a provisional patent application for their first 3D printer, the Romulus III, which could be one of the most advanced, multi-functional 3D printers available on the market. The patent also covers a unique process for 3D printing an organic LED light source with the Romulus III that immediately functions when printed.
This new 3D printer technology will offer multiple deposition techniques, a robotic manipulator, and laser and UV curing capabilities. As for the organic LED device structure, it of course utilizes the company’s namesake, graphene, in the form of a graphene-coated transparent conductor window.
While we have seen major advances in 3D printers that can create functional electronics right off the print bed—for example, MIT’s MultiFab 3D printer, which can 3D print up to ten materials at once and embed electronics, circuits and sensors directly into the object—a 3D printed working light source, created ‘from scratch’ and at the touch of a button, is quite exceptional, and as Graphene 3D hopes, worthy of a shiny new patent.
“We consider this new IP a dramatic leap forward, offering the ability to 3D print with multiple functional materials at the same time, including the ability to 3D print a working light,” said Elena Polyakova, Co-CEO of Graphene 3D. “Industrial builders now have a printer with functionality that allows users to expand the potential of the projects they can design and manufacture. We believe these patents reflect the most advanced and functional 3D printer available anywhere today.”
"A primary mission of our company is to revolutionize 3D printing by making it capable of easily fabricating functional objects, things that work and can be used. Incredibly, we have developed the technology of 3D printing a light source 'from scratch', with one touch of a button," said Daniel Stolyarov, the other Co-CEO. "Our main focus is developing specialized 3D printing techniques and materials that push past the boundaries of what is currently available."
While the new multi-functional 3D printer will not immediately be available for pre-order, Graphene 3D is currently looking at contract manufacturing, as well as partnership opportunities to eventually commercialize the new system. Graphene 3D Lab, based in Calverton, NY, currently has five US patent applications pending for its technology, including a rather exciting one for a low-cost, toxic-free process for producing high-grade graphene for 3D printing.
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