Swedish 3D printer manufacturer Wematter is partnering with the graphene manufacturer Graphmatech. They enhance polymers with Graphene, which makes polymers electrically and thermally conductive, decrease gas permeability, improve flame retardancy, and more.
Together, the two startups will develop a powder that can be printed in Gravity, the SLS 3D printer by Wematter. The high-performance powder will enable Aerospace and Automotive manufacturers to print parts with lower weight and improved or maintained strength. Graphene enables leading edge material development for additive manufacturing. This can be the first time that a powder based technology like SLS is used together with graphene-embedded polyamide 11.
“With this new strategic partnership, Wematter and Graphmatech will be able to offer customers in the Aerospace and Automotive industries a competitive advantage”, says Robert Kniola CEO & Co-Founder at Wematter. He continues: “We see a great potential in working with Graphmatech because they have a proven capability of developing ingenious polymer powders for SLS 3D printing.”
“The new polymer powder will meet the needs of some of the most demanding customers in the Aerospace and Automotive industries. Gravity by Wematter is the perfect SLS 3D printer for this powder. Partly because it is surprisingly easy to use, but even more importantly, Gravity is perhaps the only SLS 3D printer that will be able to sinter such high-performance polymer powders”, says Dr Mamoun Taher, CEO & Founder of Graphmatech.