In a video released after the close of yesterday’s trading, Graphene 3D Lab Inc. (TSX-V: GGG, and OTCQB: GPHBF) 3D prints a working battery, demonstrating the company’s position as an early market leader with proprietary, patent-pending technology in graphene materials for 3D printing.
Graphene 3D Lab CEO Daniel Stolyarov also noted in this press release:
“Our ability to create a 3D printable battery and other electrochemical devices will play a significant role in the growth of commercial applications of 3D printing technology.”
Graphene-enhanced filament sales to begin soon
In this very informative interview by 3DPrint.com last week, CEO, Daniel Stolyarov explains:
“Our first product will be electrically conductive graphene enhanced filaments for FFF 3D printing. These filaments will allow users with multi-material 3D printers (printers with multiple print heads) to print conductive components in a one-step process; the capability to do so is an important step towards 3D-printable electronics.
We have already manufactured benchtop samples of graphene-enhanced 3D printing filaments with repeatable results. We are currently in the process of scaling up the manufacture of these materials. Our team is an estimated few months away from offering affordable graphene-enhanced 3D printing filaments to clients.
Our proprietary conductive materials will not be quite as inexpensive as standard PLA and ABS. However, very little graphene-enhanced material will be necessary in a given print, considering that it is used mostly for conductive circuitry. Thus, our conductive filaments will be quite affordable.”
Graphene 3D Lab will launch their web store “within weeks” and I suspect meaningful revenue will be realized by Q1 of next year.
The company’s graphene-enhanced filaments will be compatible with FFF (fused filament fabrication) 3D printers currently on the market. These printers comprise the vast majority of the consumer and prosumer 3D printer market globally, so demand could be strong coming out of the gate.
The “killer app” 3D printing requires to go mainstream?
Many have speculated that for 3D printers to become as commonplace as microwaves in our homes, there needs to be a “killer app” that will make everyone want one. When the properties of graphene are combined with the complete freedom of design and form that’s possible with 3D printing, you can see why I believe that this killer app may very well be something that includes graphene materials.
3D printing plastic chess pieces and action figures is one thing…but 3D printing an object that conducts electricity 30 times faster than silicon, that’s lightweight, extremely strong, transparent, and bendable? This is the future of 3D printing, and it’s now on the horizon.
I asked Christopher Barnatt, British futurist, scholar and author of “3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution” for his thoughts on graphene as a new material for 3D printing. Chris replied:
“I am certain that, in the next few years, 3D printing will be driven forward as much by new material developments, as it will by improvements in hardware and new 3D printing processes. The creation of a plastic/graphene composite filament by Graphene 3D Lab is one example of cutting-edge work in this area. When it comes to making a really strong 3D printing materials, plastic/graphene composites may lead the pack. In addition to being strong, plastic/graphene composites will also be conductive, so opening up possibilities to create circuitry or sensors on 3D printed products at home.”
Why shares should continue to outperform
Shares in Graphene 3D Lab have outperformed SSYS, DDD, VJET, XONE, and all major market indexes since trading began on August 11 and I wrote that it was “The best 3D printing stock to buy now.”
Graphene 3D Lab has now demonstrated the ability to 3D print working batteries and the company will almost certainly secure early mover advantages in the commercialization of graphene-enhanced materials for 3D printing. As a result, I believe shares will continue to strongly outperform as more individual and institutional investors discover the company. With just over a 2 month trading history, Graphene 3D Lab is relatively unknown and is not covered by the mainstream financial press. That’s a very good thing for those reading this now as I believe the company will come out of relative obscurity as sales of graphene-enhanced filament materials begins.
In my view, Graphene 3D Lab is the most compelling 3D printing stock trading today.
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