3D printed syntactic foam could enable new generation of deeper-diving submarines

3D printed syntactic foam could enable new generation of deeper-diving submarines

A breakthrough in 3D printed foam materials could help advance and improve submarine vehicles, allowing the underwater crafts to explore at greater depths. A team of materials science researchers from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering has developed a way to 3D print syntactic foam, a composite material used for a range of applications in automotive, aircraft, ship, and submarine manufacturing. Syntactic foams are made up of a mixture of microscopic hollow ceramic or glass spheres and an epoxy or plastic resin material. The material is popular in manufacturing because it is at once incredibly strong, lightweight, and buoyant. […]

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