Courtesy Boing Boing

Courtesy Boing Boing

NASA has create both the geometry and function of a metal fabric through additive manufacturing, or what it calls “4D printing.” The armor-like material is made up of squares that reflect light on one side and absorb it on the other, which makes it ideal for passive heat control. The durable and flexible textile could be potentially used as insulation for spacecraft as well as space suits in the future. “I can program new functions into the material I’m printing,” says Raul Polit-Casillas, a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in a Digital Trends article. “That also reduces the amount of time spent on integration and testing. You can print, test, and destroy material as many times as you want.” [Digital Trends]

Courtesy Autodesk

Courtesy Autodesk

Software company Autodesk has released Revit 2018, the latest iteration of its popular BIMsoftware. Features of the new edition include extending the power of global parameters in a model, supporting SAT (ASCII) and Rhino file imports, and the ability to use an Autodesk Navisworks file as an underlay to help non-Revit users track a project. [Autodesk]