3D printed silicone metamaterials with shape memory could make better protective padding

3D printed silicone metamaterials with shape memory could make better protective padding

Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have used direct ink writing (DIW) to 3D print silicone metamaterials with tuned behavioral properties. The materials have shown promise thanks to their shape memory behavior. Illustration of the DIW 3D printing process used to produce the silicone metamaterials 3D printed metamaterials have fascinated researchers for years, and it’s easy to see why. Even ordinary 3D printed materials can offer big advantages: new and complex shapes, fast and cheap fabrication, etc. But factor in precisely tunable properties and functions to those materials, and you end up with huge potential for experimentation. […]

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