What do geckos, moths and tarantulas have in common? They benefit from techniques and properties such as dry adhesion, quick olfaction over large distances or angle independent coloration which are based on their composition at the nano- and micrometer scale. Scientists and engineers know this. They study living organisms and create bioinspired materials using Nanoscribe’s 3D printers.
Photo: 3D Printed Micro-Trusses. Strong as steel, but lighter than water. Hexagonal micro-truss structure (colorized SEM image). Compressive loads corresponding to 550 kg/cm² may be carried, at a density less than the half of liquid water. (credit: Nanoscribe GmbH)