Thursday, October 29, 2015

Microlattice - strongest but lightest materials

                         Boeing has released a video showing off the weight and strength on this revolutionary breakthrough, and saying it is one of the strongest but lightest materials ever—so light that it can rest on top of a dandelion without destroying it. Microlattice is a 3D open-cellular polymer structure made up of interconnected hollow tubes, each with a wall 1000 times thinner than a human hair. Inspired by the structure of bones, the material was originally developed in 2011 by Boeing’s HRL Laboratories.It’s 99.9 per cent hollow and claims to be 100 times lighter than Styrofoam, so could microlattice be the future for aeronautical design?

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