Metallic microlattice

clip_image003Metallic microlattice is a metal developed by a team of researchers from University of California at Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology. The image in the right show the Metallic microlattice is resting on a dandelion fluff without damaging it.

With a density of 0.9 mg/cc, the metal, this Metallic micro lattice is the world’s lightest material. The scientists were able to make a material that consists of 99.99% air by designing the 0.01% solid at the nanometre, micron and millimetre scales. Uses for ultra light cellular materials include thermal insulation, battery electrodes and damping for acoustic, vibration and shock energy.

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