MIT researchers use 3D printing to develop material 20x less dense, 10x stronger than steel

January 9, 2017 - 6:21am
A team of MIT researchers has used a multi-material 3D printer to investigate one of the strongest lightweight materials ever. By compressing and fusing flakes of graphene, the researchers were able to create a material with 5 percent the density and 10 times the strength of steel. When attempting to create ultra-strong 3D structures using modern manufacturing techniques, scientists are increasingly finding that the shape and form of a structure is just as important for achieving strength as the material itself. And with technologies like 3D printing allowing the brightest material engineers

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