|Coordinator||2D fab AB|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 300 000|
|Project duration||May 2017 - February 2018|
Purpose and goal
Polygraf was aimed at investigating if 2D fabs IP can be used on a new market, that is if graphene is suitable as additive in material for 3D printing. Our approach was that electrical properties would be the most interesting, but our market survey showed they mechanical properties has higher priority. A patent survey has been done and no direct obstacles for 2D fabs method was found.
Expected results and effects
Our approach was that there is a need for electrically conductive polymer for 3D printing. Our conclusion is that the main need is for better mechanical properties. Graphene can enhance the mechanical properties of materials for 3D printing, contributing to the competiveness and to the strong grow of the 3D industry. The 3D market is very interesting since it has very high growth rate and the industrial applications are increasing. 2D fab will direct is development work towards mechanical properties in polymers.
Planned approach and implementation
The project had three parts: Market, prototype and IP. In the market part, more than ten companies in the 3D business was contacted and we realized that mechanical properties have much higher priority compared to electrical properties. In the prototype part we have started to produce prototype materials, but we did not reach the goal during the project time, however the work will continue. We have positive lab. results, especially concerning mechanical properties. The IP part showed that our IP does not have hindrance and we have got ideas for patent applications.