Researchers at MIT have created a new material that is capable of carrying 160,000 times its own weight, the new 3d printed material was created using a new 3D printing process.
This new 3d printed material is constructed using microlattices with nanoscale features, and it is ultra light and super strong, it is created using a high precision 3D printing process called projection microstereolithography.
“We found that for a material as light and sparse as aerogel [a kind of glass foam], we see a mechanical stiffness that’s comparable to that of solid rubber, and 400 times stronger than a counterpart of similar density. Such samples can easily withstand a load of more than 160,000 times their own weight,” says Fang, the Brit and Alex d’Arbeloff Career Development Associate Professor in Engineering Design. So far, the researchers at MIT and LLNL have tested the process using three engineering materials — metal, ceramic, and polymer — and all showed the same properties of being stiff at light weight.
“This material is among the lightest in the world,” LLNL’s Spadaccini says. “However, because of its microarchitected layout, it performs with four orders of magnitude higher stiffness than unstructured materials, like aerogels, at a comparable density.”
You can find out more information about this new super strong 3D printed material over at MIT at the link below.