Graphine and an Advancing Industry
New discoveries are made everyday. Many would think that with all of the technology available, we would know everything about the planet by now, but this is just not possible. The planet is a vast and amazing place, and we are only beginning to learn its secrets. When it comes to graphite, a more recent discovery in regards to it goes back to only 1962. This was the discovery of graphene, small individual layers of graphite, named by Hanns-Peter Boehm. Then it was not until 2004 that physicists were finally able to isolate individual pieces of the material. They did so through the use of adhesive tape. Now, this new material is able to be used for electronic sensors and circuits, although it can be difficult, not to mention expensive to fabricate. Recently low cost methods have been discovered and improved, opening the market place.
Simple discoveries such as these are able to really contribute to the graphite machining industry. While they may not directly affect methods such as the production of graphite rods, bearings, tubes and crucibles, a better understanding of the materials make-up can lead to slight alterations in processes that could make the industry run even smoother. Most graphite machining companies processes are heavy-duty because of the abrasiveness and difficulty of machining this material, new developments along the graphite lines might have the potential to make it easier down the road. It also helps to find a way that graphite materials can be merged into new markets such as electronics. Like graphite, graphene is flexible, strong and a good electric and thermal conductor. The main additional attribute graphene is able to add is transparency. Meanwhile graphite can add harness, corrosion resistance, dry and self lubrication. In a world where new discoveries can be made everyday, we can look forward to great things from the graphite machining industry as time goes on.