Scientists Develop Metal lighter than Styrofoam

microlattice metal

The American company is better known as the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, has recently released a video showing the discovery of a new metal material which is very light. Metals named microlattice metal is claimed to be 100 times lighter than Styrofoam. In fact, so the lightness of this metal can be placed on top of a dandelion.

microlattice metal

Microllatice is a metal that was developed by a group of scientists from the University of California, Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology in 2011.

This material is formed of hollow tubes are placed in alternating diagonal pattern. Dr. Tobias Schaedler, the head of the study revealed that each polymer structure has a thinness to 100 nanometers which makes 1,000 times thinner than a human hair.

Sophia Yang, a scientist at HRL Laboratories microlattice compare with the human bone structure in which the outside is very sturdy, but on the inside hollow. Therefore, the bones are not easily destroyed, but very light.

Sophia also revealed that microlattice have several potential uses, such as heat transfer, shock absorbers, and a reinforcing structure including the possibility microlattice for use as aircraft components. But for now the researchers have not been able to determine with certainty the development of microlattice for more practical purposes.