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Mimicking tooth enamel to create the next super material

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, Resilience|Sectors: , , |

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Mimicking tooth enamel to create the next super material

This is a perfect illustration of how abstracting the design principle from tooth enamel can lead to a novel material for plane hulls. Structural materials of most transportation devices have the same functional needs (e.g. strength, manage vibration, crack resistant) as tooth enamel, so abstracting the strategy helped a team at the University of Michigan emulate the tooth’s secret to success. According to this Gizmondo article, they used only using metal and polymer, rather than calcium and protein.

Curated by Dayna Baumeister

Honeybee hexagons and the 100x factor

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Structures|Sectors: , , |

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New technology could help us emulate nature’s brilliant shapes

February 4th, 2017|Categories: Additive Manufacturing, Architecture, Carbon, Energy Efficiency, Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Product Design, Structures, Textiles, Water|Sectors: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Design inspiration from movement without muscles

January 5th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, News Feed, Packaging, Product Design, Structures, Water|Sectors: , , , |

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Looking to insect societies to increase infrastructure efficiencies

October 15th, 2016|Categories: Life's Principles, News Feed, Resilience|Sectors: , , , |

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Hummingbirds provide new way of looking at navigation

July 24th, 2016|Categories: News Feed, Product Design|Sectors: , , , , |

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Looking to bat wings to develop better drones

July 9th, 2016|Categories: Energy Efficiency, News Feed|Sectors: |

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How might materials respond to external cues? Look to the sea snake.

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Materials, News Feed, Packaging, Product Design, Textiles|Sectors: , , , , , , , , , |

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Mimicking the elegance of photosynthesis

May 9th, 2016|Categories: Carbon, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, News Feed, Water|Sectors: , , , , , , |

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