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A new material developed by Boeing is made of metal, but it’s so light it can balance delicately on top of a dandelion.
The product, called microlattice, is 100 times lighter than styrofoam, according to Boeing, and is made with interconnected hollow tubes. Its structure is similar to that of a bone, in which the outside is rigid but the inside is mostly hollow, making it lightweight but not easily crushed.
"There was a slightly curved piece of metal, real light. It was about six inches by twelve or fourteen inches. Very light. I crouched down and tried to snap it. My boss [Cavitt] laughs and said, 'Smart guy. He's trying to do what we couldn't do.' I asked, 'what in the hell is this stuff made out of?' It didn't feel like plastic and I never saw a piece of metal this thin that you couldn't break."
originally posted by: Aleister
a reply to: StallionDuck
The vid hints that you could wrap a little of this around an egg and drop it from 25 stories (app. 250 feet) and the egg would be safe. If so, why isn't this being used in cars right now (bumpers, auto body, etc.)? That's just one use for it, among many. Hmmmm, wonder if they can make golf balls or golf clubs out of this, or one of those metal baseball bats, or......
originally posted by: Rosinitiate
originally posted by: FormOfTheLord
I wonder if this stuff could make mechanical wings that really work for humans?
Yeah? I wonder if it can make hovering, quiet, rotating discs.