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This Photon-Printed Carbon Is Stronger Than Diamond

Scientists might have reached the theoretical limit of how strong this particular material can get, designing the first-ever super-light carbon nanostructure that’s stronger than diamond.
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Carbon is a famously versatile element in the diversity of structures it can take, from graphite like in the tip of a pencil to a diamond. Both are just pure carbon, but with atoms arranged in different patterns.

The latest development in the nanoworld of carbon comes from a team that has designed something called carbon plate-nanolattices. Under a scanning electron microscope, they look like little cubes, and the math indicated that this structure would be incredibly strong, but it’s been too difficult to actually make, until now.

The team’s success was made possible by a 3D printing process called two-photon polymerization direct laser writing, which is essentially 3D printing on the level of atoms and photons.

Find out more about this technique and what the result could mean for the future of medicine, electronics aerospace and more in this Elements.

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Curious about two-photon lithography? The clip at 1:30 shows a microscopic castle designed by Daniela Mitterberger and Tiziano Derme being printed using this technique. The castle is so tiny that it fits ON THE TIP OF A PENCIL! How cool is that?! This art project is a collaboration between researchers at the Institute of Materials Science and Technology of the TU Wien (Technische Universität Wien, Austria), and design studio MAEID. A recent TU Wien spin-off UpNano is now commercializing this high-resolution 3D printing technology and materials. You can check out more impressive structures by UpNano on Twitter at and explore MAEID Studio at

Plate-nanolattices at the theoretical limit of stiffness and strength

“Here, we present a new class of nanolattices, constructed from closed-cell plate-architectures.”

UCI-led team designs carbon nanostructure stronger than diamonds

“Nanolattices hold great promise for structural engineers, particularly in aerospace, because it’s hoped that their combination of strength and low mass density will greatly enhance aircraft and spacecraft performance.”

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    Curious about two-photon lithography? The clip at 1:30 shows a microscopic castle designed by Daniela Mitterberger and Tiziano Derme being printed using this technique. The castle is so tiny that it fits ON THE TIP OF A PENCIL! How cool is that?! This art project is a collaboration between researchers at the Institute of Materials Science and Technology of the TU Wien (Technische Universität Wien, Austria), and design studio MAEID. A recent TU Wien spin-off UpNano is now commercializing this high-resolution 3D printing technology and materials. You can check out more impressive structures by UpNano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/upnano_gmbh and explore MAEID Studio at https://www.maeid.com/

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    my jaw needs wiring , gonna have to find my eye balls first

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    This seems to be a replication of carbonado. A naturally occurring form of diamond used for industrial cutting and abrading. Strong in compression not so much in tension. This does not bring us any closer to a space elevator.

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    They should try hydrogen experiments with it. When you add hydrogen to carbon it becomes magnetic.

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    Nicholas Olesen

    Um we are not capping on the true potential of this

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    This structure is similar to macro H2 cube-sphere or cube-diamond sandaerblock pile-ups, as to make a Sandaerovator space-port elevator: http://www.sandaero.com/sandaero_037.htm

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    Cement is reinforced with steel rods to make strong buildings.
    Carbon nano materials need to be reinforced similarly to be useful in mechanical engineering

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    Orwell rolls over...

    who has this technology, and when can we see it used in commercial manufacture??

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    Follow The Grow

    Yo bish you HOT AF HMU

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    Why don't someone make a graphene diamond solar panel solid skin/block for a UFO and super sonic acoustic levitation for force field

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    How about q carbon

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    Mehrdad yektaparast

    Can anyone tell me what is the seeker’s email?

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    This show dumbs shit down too much.

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    Just wait until rappers want to buy them to flex on.

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    In terms of strength-to-weight ratio, is this "Carbon Plate-nanolattice" stronger or are "Carbon Shwarzites" stronger?

    (Strength as in tensile strength)

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    diamond isnt strong, diamond is hard, hard and strong are not the same thing

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    "We" made it!

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    leonardo lusente

    She's cute, beautiful smile

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    Gundaminium in 3… 2… 1….

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    anonymous nameless

    she is wearing a necklace representing fibonacci series in geometric form

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    I would like to see a comparison in the current carrying ability of a solid core aluminum wire coated with graphene vs plain copper wire vs plain aluminum wire of the same gauge.

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    Imagine carbon-nano hydraulic tubing for Robotics, replacing gears just like muscle .

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    Minecraft Minceraft

    so.. its netherite..

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    I love her! And graphene! I want a smart floating ocean farm and graphene iron man suit or graphyne with mr fluid…

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    Well, that's one way to piss people off during a pub quiz. Ask them what the strongest material is known to man.

    Black hole.

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    Diamond is HARD, not STRONG. Stupid headline is stupid.

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