The mission of an exploration missions is to gather information and actionable provide results. The questions of ‘what was found?’ and ‘where was the discovery located?,’ all lead to data that either shows promise to keep exploring the same region, or reveal that the mission needs to be moved elsewhere. Two metals companies, Canada Strategic Metals Inc. and Lomiko Metals Inc., announced a major discovery found on Quebec’s La Loutre Graphite property that could change the outlook of the emerging 3D printing industry.
Today, Canada Strategic Metals Inc. (CJC:CA) and Lomiko Metals Inc.’s (LMR:CA) released the results of their drilling campaign on the La Loutre Graphite property, that includes 11 exploration holes. Following the July 29, 2015 discovery of high-grade samples, their recent drilling campaign featured high grade drills holes that intersect along 500 metre strike length that is open in all directions, with one intercept of 90.75 meters of nine percent flake graphite and multiple intercepts over 10% flake graphite.
Canada Strategic Metals is an emerging growth company that’s focused on the exploration and development of Quebec-based graphite projects. Together with Lomiko Metals, a Canadian exploration-stage company whose mission is to acquire, explore and develop resource properties that contain minerals, the companies received two drilling permits for La Loutre Crystalline Flake Graphite Property on July 15, 2015. The property, consists of contiguous claim blocks totaling approximately 2,867.29 hectares (28.67 km2) located 53 km east of the former Timcal Graphite Mine. Now named Imerys Carbon and Graphite, it is the only operating graphite mine in North America.
Lomiko aims to acquire pure graphite, a material defined as greater than 99.99% graphite crystalline flake. Consul-teck Exploration, the designers of the drilling campaign, ensured that best practices were consistent throughout the campaign. Under Consul-teck’s supervision, the drill core was logged. Samples secured in tagged bags were delivered for analysis of carbon graphite.
A Discovery that’s Crucial to an Emerging Industry
Although plastic is currently the number one material used in 3D printing, the use of graphite in 3D printing can produce a prototype or completed industrial product. Unlike plastic, using graphite in 3D printing produces a mechanically stronger product. Graphite is also a better thermal and electrical conductor than plastic.
The rapidly growing 3D printing market has made pure graphite a highly sought after resource for high tech companies. Companies like Canada Strategic Metals and Lomiko Metals finding graphite sources are making it possible for this emerging industry to switch from plastic to graphene in 3D printing and supercapacitors in order to make more durable and cost-efficient products.
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