3D Printed Graphene shows strong potential as a high-performance concrete admixture.
A memorandum of understanding sets the stage for GrapheneCA, a commercial scale producer of its namesake compound, to design an extruder and mixing system embedded into the 3D printing equipment of Apis Cor Co., San Francisco. Graphene is an advanced carbon agent emanating from nanotechnology and exhibits strong potential as a high-performance concrete admixture.
“Our planned collaboration demonstrates dedication to integrate graphene into the real world using cutting-edge technologies,” says GrapheneCA Head of Business Development David Robles.
“Imagine being able to print a 2,500 -sq.-ft. home in a day, for less than $8,000; or envision a mobile 3D printer that can solve current construction bottlenecks. Our discussions with Apis Cor could lay the groundwork for making 3D-printed graphene a standard material in the construction process.”
“Material science is huge area of construction 3D printing and requires extensive R&D work. New materials and advanced properties will open new horizons,” adds Apis Cor CEO Nikita Cheniuntai.
“Collaborating with GrapheneCA brings us closer to disrupting 3D printing materials for construction.”
Source: Concrete Products.com
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“We will design an extruder and mixing system that will be embedded into Apis Cor’s 3D printer,” said David Robles, head of business development at GrapheneCA.
“The 3D printer may not be quite as large, but it has a 4.5-meter boom arm and it moves. It prints up to two storeys tall on its own so in terms of being able to build a super large structure it could out build the Chinese machine because the printer is much faster.”
Robles said the ability to 3D print graphene material could lead to a “breakthrough” in the construction industry as printers are expected to locally produce other materials such as cement, helping to cut associated labor costs and significantly reduce construction time.”