American Graphite Technologies (AGT) has announced the first details of a project designed to explore the use of Graphene in 3D printing. They will be collaborating with the Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology (KIPT) in Kharkov, Ukraine.
Graphene (derived from Graphite) is two hundred times stronger than steel and conducts both electricity and heat. It is already in demand within the automotive and aerospace industries. It's also being used within the technology sector to pioneer super-strong yet flexible touch screens. If the AGT project results in the discovery of a way to 3D print with the material, it could supercharge the ability to create 3D printed circuit boards and many other electronic components.
The exploratory project, called P-600, will be conducted by a team of eight Ukrainian scientists composed of two PhD's, three former weapons scientists, one professor and two PhD students. Together, the team comes into the project with experience in 3D printing, nanotechnology, solid state physics, thermal physics and physical materials.
"The perspective scope of research are thin films and extremely small-scale objects with nano and micrometer dimensions. Thus, we plan to pay special attention to the research, creating graphene objects in nano and micrometer typical size," said project manager D.V. Vynogradov.
The team is awaiting final approval from the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, and the Ukrainian Science and Technology Centre. They are expected to receive approval within the next two weeks.
American Graphite Technologies is a mineral exploration and technology development company that is listed on a US Stock Exchange as (AGIN). They own the Lac Nicholas Graphite (LNG) property in Quebec, Canada. The LNG property is located alongside an established Graphite mine and includes 13,343 acres of mineral claims.