3D printing with nanomaterials
Materials scientists are exploring how nanomaterials can be used to make building materials used in architecture or product design. Many of these nanomaterials have special properties that make them more lightweight or durable than traditional building materials. Autodesk and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are partnering to explore how these materials can be used in conjunction with computational design and 3D printing to create a protective helmet. Helmets can be very difficult objects to design, because they need to be lightweight, strong, flexible, and shock absorbing. Researchers at Autodesk will use Project Dreamcatcher to design a helmet that has the material specifications they need, and then use advanced 3D pringting technology to manufacture the helmet from nanomaterials. Read more about the project here.