This material was developed by scientists at HRL Laboratories, owned by giant business conglomerate Boeing, alongside researchers from the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Irvine. It has been a project more than 5 years in the making, and now we are able to know more about this marvelous invention. The secret to this new metal polymer’s incredible strength and flexibility lies in its internal structure, see the video in the end.
The material is called microlattice, and it’s the world’s lightest metal, ever.
It’s 100 times lighter than styrofoam and constructed in tubes 1000 times thinner than hair. Are you registering all of that information? This stuff is truly incredible.
Researchers compare the structure to that of bone…
In that, it’s rigid on the outside, but mostly hollow on the inside. That structure is what makes this metal so incredible.
This design allows for ultra-low density, compression recovery, and energy-absorption qualities.
It is like a rubber polymer in that regard, but has many more great qualities.
Microlattice is essentially 99.99% air due to its open cellular structure.
You could literally blow this sturdy material right off the palm of your hand like a feather.
Microlattice is currently being considered for use in aerospace vehicles, vibration damping, thermal insulation and many other applications at this point.
The sky literally isn’t even the limit as the what this stuff can do, it carries endless possibilities.