The pursuit of a better helmet through 3D printing and computational design could have implications for impact-absorbing materials.
Autodesk is teaming up with researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in Livermore, Calif., to explore the intersection of design software and additive manufacturing. While the news is big, what they’ll be working on is too small to see. During an 18-month research partnership, the pair will develop nano- and micro-scale materials with structural and mechanical properties that perform in ways not found in nature; for example, components that are both lightweight and stiff or transition from stiff to flexible. The partnership will focus in particular on the development of novel materials for use in protective helmets—a test case for the broader goal of improving the performance of shock-absorbing and heat-dissipating materials.
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