Graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon, has been printed into a 3D shape, which is apparently ten times stronger than steel, while also only 5% the mass of steel.
The gyroid shaped creation was made by a team of researchers at MIT, who claim that what they’ve created is the strongest lightweight material known to mankind. The shape was made by merging together flakes of graphene into a three-dimensional form and creating a specific geometric shape.
Graphene is known as one of the strongest materials in the world, as well as an amazing conductor of heat and energy, but translating it into a practical 3D form that could be used for construction purposes has been a challenge for scientists for years.
Researchers tested the unique shape within a hydraulic press to see how well it stood up to several tonnes of pressure. Although neither of the shapes could stand up to the intense pressure of the press, it accurately demonstrated how well the shape maintained composure, despite deteriorating greatly in the process.
With further research into this material in its 3D form, it could be used to create stronger vehicles and also provide an excellent means of storing energy.