New ultra lightweight metal lattice eyed for tech advancements

By Shawn Knight · 14 replies
Nov 18, 2011
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  1. A new ultra lightweight material could impact the future of technology in a large way. Best described as a lattice of hollow metal nickel tubes, the material is nearly as…

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  2. chaboi390

    chaboi390 TS Rookie Posts: 83

    build a car out of this and you'll got yourself a flying automoblie ! :D
  3. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    Would make great heatsinks... and maybe ultra light-weight sunglasses.
  4. dotVezz

    dotVezz TS Booster Posts: 112

    I want this, just so I can hold it (and squish it, because apparently it bounces right back).
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714   +855

    That is some mind-boggling technology. The potential applications are absolutely endless.
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,072   +219

    Would make a nice mattress ^^.
  7. actually this is prety much usseless...
    the company that made this will end up as a patent troll, the technology is going to stand still in time because everybody will be ban by a court so... why waste our time...
  8. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Booster Posts: 154

    It was developed for DARPA you tit. Chances are, if it works as advertised and isn't prohibitively expensive to make, it'll end up in some military application at first, hopefully followed by civilian applications.
  9. quote:
    "It was developed for DARPA you tit"

    what? it's developed by the others on the island?
    oh, wait. that was DHARMA.
    silly me.
  10. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    so many uses for this. but ill settle for a super comfortable pillow :D
  11. Sponge for my dishes; hope I will not eat to much metal ...
  12. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    It's fate will be in the hands of crackheads because it wastes less crack-cocaine than Brillo pad.
  13. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    How is this really much different from any other honeycomb technique? Also, what's so special about using nickel for it?

    Granted, it uses polymers and (oooh!) lasers. But seriously, folks, isn't it really just a thin-walled honeycomb material? I'm missing something here.
  14. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    You're missing that's its super light weight and for its structures returns to original form better then other composites.

    My vote is for a sound proof light weight self erecting tent.
  15. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Thanks, @Emexrulsier - you're right, I did miss some of those implications. Since it's nickel, super light weight tracks to the extremely thin walls, so the need for laser precision also makes sense. Does the elasticity come from the super-thin walls, then? Regular honeycomb materials take a *lot* pressure to deform. I wonder how this thin-wall honeycomb compares.

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