NASA’s research center reports the development of advanced materials that can repair themselves within less than one second if the side of the satellite is damaged from waste matter floating in space. The material is based on a polymer that responds to the heat generated as a result of collision.
Development is still in its initial stages, but the researchers state that it will be possible to utilize the material for numerous applications, such as vehicular collisions and defense against shooting.
Boeing reports the development of the lightest metal ever produced. The material called MicroLattice is constructed from beehive and contains 99.9% air. The structure of the material enables it to absorb energy to a considerable degree, and to illustrate this, a single layer of this material covering an egg would protect it from a 25-storey fall.
MIT research institute reports the development of special material for three-dimensional printing technology that can change its external texture to smooth or rough according to the need.
The technology is based on a combination of hard polymer and soft polymer so that the surface can be changed and returned to its original structure.
It is possible to manufacture material that is very smooth in one direction and very rough in the opposite direction.
Changing the surface of materials is of great importance in creating a surface that repels or attracts water, or other liquids, control of streaming attributes of liquids and numerous and varied other applications.