Assemblies of the cellular composite material are seen from different perspectives, showing the repeating "cuboct" lattice structure, made from many identical flat cross-shaped pieces.
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How to make big things out of small pieces
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
August 15, 2013
Researchers invent a new approach to assembling big structures — even airplanes and bridges — out of small interlocking composite components.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — 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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