The fractal nanostructure allows for even more flexibility in choosing the material's properties (Photo: Meza/Montemayor/Clarke/Greer at Caltech)
The features are only a few nanometers in size (Photo: Meza/Montemayor/Clarke/Greer at Caltech)
Caltech researchers are building nanoscale supermaterials from a CAD design (Photo: Meza/Montemayor/Clarke/Greer at Caltech)
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology are developing a disruptive manufacturing process that combines nanoscale effects and ad-hoc architectural design to build new supermaterials from the ground up. The materials can be designed to meet predetermined criteria such as weighing only a tiny fraction of their macroscopic counterpart, displaying extreme plasticity, or featuring outstanding mechanical strength.
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