Porous 3D printed ‘schwarzites’ are strong & lightweight, could form entire buildings

Porous 3D printed ‘schwarzites’ are strong & lightweight, could form entire buildings

Engineers at Rice University and Brazil’s University of Campinas have created 3D printed schwarzites—mathematical structures named after their creator Hermann Schwarz—with complex curved geometries. The researchers envision buildings being made with the 3D printed structures. (Image: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) If you need a demonstration of how 3D printing has radically changed science and engineering, look no further than these 3D printed schwarzites developed at Rice University. Schwarzites, lattice structures with negative Gaussian curvature, were first hypothesize in the 1880s by German scientist Hermann Schwarz. But until the dawn of 3D printing, there was no real means of making the […]

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