Scientists from the Perm National Research Polytechnic University (PNRPU) have proposed a method for 3D printing of graphene parts for aviation, which will reduce production costs and improve the quality of products.
Strong, flexible, and lightweight, graphene is capable of efficiently conducting heat and electricity, and can also operate at high voltages. As part of the fuselages and wings of aircraft, the material can be effective for de-icing, the university said. The authors of the work proposed a method for obtaining complex-shaped graphene components using 3D printing technologies.
“We have developed a technology for 3D printing products from graphene in liquid hydrocarbons. Unlike analogues, no binder is used in the manufacture of the material. [средство], which allows to improve the physical and mechanical properties of products. In addition, the technology does not require energy-intensive and expensive heat treatment.”, – said the project manager, associate professor of the Department of Innovative Engineering Technologies Dmitry Karavaev.
The researchers intend to create a 3D printer for printing graphene products. It can be in demand not only among manufacturers of the aerospace industry, but also among enterprises producing electronics and medical equipment.