Engineers from the University of Pennsylvania are developing a new material from a sheet of nickel that has been cleverly dubbed 'metallic wood.' After alterations, the final product presents 70 percent empty space.
The researchers looked toward the natural world for inspiration — an example of how "porous nature" can be used for architectural inspiration. Although metallic wood is not ready for commercial use yet, it presents quite a few perks as it promises a sustainable alternative to titanium. It is said that the material is as strong as the lustrous metal but up to five times lighter.
Speaking from a theoretical point of view, metallic wood would be "more high performing" and could possibly serve as an alternative for many products — from aircrafts to tennis racquets.