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Could this structure allow 3-D printed polymers to replace ceramic materials in body armor?

By April Gocha / June 20, 2017

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have taken inspiration from conch shells to develop a 3-D printing technique that can build composite materials with incredible toughness.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / April 13, 2016

A nanoporous material that breathes, chocolates inspire thin shell designs, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 13, 2016.

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I’m blue da ba dee: Striped mollusks hide unique photonic structures that may inspire future displays

By April Gocha / March 10, 2015

MIT researchers recently discovered that the shells of blue-rayed limpets—a fingernail-sized mollusk—contain unique biological photonic structures that are the first known to be made from inorganic, mineralized structures.

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