Interlocking Cellular Composite Building Blocks

Using 3D printing to make many porous cells of fiber composite materials that interlock like chain mail, allows the creation of large strong structures at reduced cost. It changes the paradigm for damage repair and recycling. Much greater design flexibility is available by mass producing many small parts instead of large continuous surfaces.

How to make big things out of small pieces – []

MIT researchers have developed a lightweight structure whose tiny blocks can be snapped together much like the bricks of a child’s construction toy. The new material, the researchers say, could revolutionize the assembly of airplanes, spacecraft, and even larger structures, such as dikes and levees.

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