Researchers at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology have for the first time created a graphene structure using 3D printers that is lighter and up to 10 times stronger than steel.
Graphene, considered to be the strongest material in the world, until now only existed in a 2D form.
However, scientists at MIT say they have successfully developed a new 3D graphene structure by compressing and fusing together the particles into a sponge-like form using a 3D printer.
The revolutionary new structure can be used with other materials, such as polymers and metals, to create stronger and lighter-weight products.
While manufacturing processes are not yet ready to produce the materials, the technology holds promise for commercial applications which rely on a material's strength and light weight.
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