Chiton Mollusk Provides Model for New Armor Design
The motivations for using biology as inspiration to engineering vary based on the project, but the combination of flexibility and protection seen in the chiton mollusk was all the motivation necessary.
MakerBot Launches METHOD Materials Development Program
MakerBot announces the METHOD Materials Development Program and MakerBot LABS Experimental Extruder for METHOD to enable 3D printing with a wide range of engineering-grade materials from leading filament suppliers.
American Boronite Corporation
American Boronite Corporation (Boronite) is a US company that predominantly manufactures Boron Nitride Nanotube (BNNT) sheets and predominately metallic Carbon Nanotube (CNT) yarns. IDTechEx interviewed Dr. David Lashmore (CEO).
3-D Printed Mother-of-Pearl creates tough new smart materials
Researchers are drawing inspiration from mollusks to build lightweight, strong materials for wearable technology and more.
Greenhouses fitted with organic photovoltaic film
Within the framework of a partnership with Eiffage Energie Systèmes, Les Maraichers Nantais and Groupe Olivier, ASCA® photovoltaic films have been deployed at industrial greenhouses located near Nantes. Covering 43m² and incorporated in three different ways, the project aims to demonstrate the merits of the ASCA® organic photovoltaic film and its ability to meet the specific needs of producers.
ARMOR, MASAR Printing and Publishing to develop flexible organic PVs
ARMOR and Masar Printing and Publishing signed a memorandum of understanding on the creation of a future joint venture in Dubaï, United Arab Emirates. The objective: to develop the flexible organic photovoltaic film market in the MENA region.
Smart and flexible energy supply platform for wearable electronics
The aim of the project is the creation of an autonomous energy-supply platform. Based on the results of the project it will be possible to use a wearable without caring about recharging over its entire lifetime.
3D printed tires and shoes that self-repair
Instead of throwing away your broken boots or cracked toys, why not let them fix themselves? Researchers have developed 3D-printed rubber materials that can do just that.
ARMOR signs partnership agreement with UNESCO
This new cooperation between UNESCO and ARMOR in the field of new technologies, in particular solar kits, comprising ASCA organic photovoltaïc films and portable and rechargeable lamps, constitutes an innovation, which has been experimented on a pilot basis, at the beginning of this year in a public primary school in Akplolo, Togo. This pilot will be part of the broader project, which will be implemented in the framework of this partnership agreement.
Nanowires heat wearable heater
Researchers have made a wearable heater by modifying woven Kevlar® fabric with nanowires that conduct and retain heat.
Volt Smart Yarns - a breakthrough in textile technology
Using its proprietary highly conductive smart yarn, VOLT Wearable Tech has the ability to make any clothing a smart fabric.
Advanced Ceramic Fibers
Advanced Ceramic Fibers (ACF) manufacture specialty fibers for metal, polymer and ceramic matrix composites. Ken Koller (CEO/COO), Shawn Perkins (President), and John Garnier (Founder/CTO) spoke with IDTechEx technology analyst Richard Collins.
Lithium-ion batteries can't catch fire because they harden on impact
Lithium-ion batteries commonly used in consumer electronics are notorious for bursting into flame when damaged or improperly packaged. Inspired by the weird behavior of some liquids that solidify on impact, researchers have developed a practical and inexpensive way to help prevent these fires.