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Bio-designed shoes are 'grown' from bacteria

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io-designer Jennifer Keane is working with the k.rhaeticus bacteria
that " naturally grow a tiny fiber called nanocellulose, which is eight
times stronger than steel and stiffer than Kevlar®, transparent and incredibly
lightweight, " she says. Ultimately, she's learned how to manipulate how
it naturally grows, using it in a process she calls " microbial weaving " to
create a shoe upper in a single piece that she's named " This is grown. "
The cellulosic material also offers potential for customization and application
in numerous industries from high-performance composites to biomedical
applications, Keane says. Photo: Adam Toth.

BRM offers woven thermoplastic structures

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ally Ribbon Mills (BRM), producer of specialized engineered woven
fabrics, has launched a line of advanced textile products to increase
part functionality and utility. TPCM™ thermoplastic composite materials are
2D- or 3D-woven thermoplastic structures for incorporation into composite
parts produced within varied molding processes. The materials offer lighter
weight, specific strength, durability, stability, abrasion resistance and
sustainability. The woven structural shapes are used in hybrid composite
structures and find application in a variety of industries including aerospace
and aviation, automotive and other transportation, defense, architecture
and infrastructure, marine, sports and recreation. Based in Bally, Pa., BRM
customizes weave designs to modify performance properties considering
application details, width, tensile strength, elongation, color, quantity and
other special requirements. Photo: Bally Ribbon Mills.

Army, Texas A&M
develop self-healing
material

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he U.S. Army and Texas A&M
University researchers have
developed a new material that
can autonomously heal in air and
underwater. The 3D-printable
and stimuli-responsive polymeric
material is expected to enable
massive reconfigurability in future
military platforms, according to
Dr. Frank Gardea, an aerospace
engineer and principal investigator
of this work for the U.S. Army's
Combat Capabilities Development
Command's Army Research
Laboratory. The breakthrough
opens new opportunities for
morphing unmanned air vehicles
and robotic platforms. As the
research matures, the epoxy
material is expected to have the
ability for massive reconfigurability
and have embedded intelligence
allowing it to autonomously adapt
to its environment without any
external control. The researchers
published their work recently in
Advanced Functional Materials.
Photo: U.S. Army.

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