Researchers at Purdue University, including professor Pablo Zavattieri, created 3D printed building materials that take design inspiration from bones. Zavattieri spoke about ways in which the 3D-printed building materials are similar to the construction of bones, “It has these columns that carry most of the load and beams connecting the columns. We can learn from these materials to create more robust 3D-Printed materials for buildings and other structures."
The researchers indicate that the new 3D-printed bone-like materials could result in the construction of more stable buildings. A mechanical analysis simulation was run and it found that the thicker design and horizontal struts were stronger than conventional building materials when placed under a load.
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