Concrete

Smart Concrete

Jul 29, 2018No Comments

Stress-detecting concrete Smart concrete is capable of sensing the increase of stresses and early formation of cracks in concrete. This capacity is achieved by adding

Watershed Block

Cement-free concrete masonry unit Watershed Block is an

Jul 01, 2018

Functionally Graded Pr...

Concrete with spatially varying microstructure Functionally graded materials,

May 06, 2018

Mineral

Ceramic Paper

Aug 12, 2018No Comments

Elastic vanadium pentoxide paper Ceramics are among the oldest materials manipulated by humans, and their properties of rigidity and brittleness are quite familiar. Scientists at

WasteBasedBrick

Bricks made from salvaged building materials WasteBasedBrick originated

Feb 04, 2018

Aerographene

Graphene-based aerogel Aerogel is a type of material

Nov 26, 2017

Metal

Flash-Formed Iron

Jun 17, 2018No Comments

Gas-reduction ironmaking process Although steel is the most recycled material globally, steel manufacture is still energy-intensive and exhibits a high carbon footprint. Scientists at the

MX3D Metal

3D printed metal structures MX3D Metal is a

Mar 18, 2018

Microlattice

Ultralight metallic cellular material Inspired by the lattice

Mar 04, 2018

Wood

NeptuTherm

Dec 10, 2017No Comments

Seaweed insulation Throughout much of the year, Mediterranean beaches are littered with clumps of Posidonia oceanica seaweed, also known as Neptune grass. The plant often

Wood Foam

Wood-based insulation Researchers at the Brunswick, Germany–based Fraunhofer

Sep 03, 2017

Artichair

Artichoke thistle chair The artichoke thistle is an

Aug 06, 2017

Plastic + Rubber

Tunable Material

Aug 05, 2018No Comments

Liquid film with switchable properties Dynamic natural processes are inspiring a new generation of adaptive material technologies. The tears that coat human eyes, for example,

Photoluminescent Biopl...

Light-emitting biopolymer Bioplastics offer a broad range of

Jun 24, 2018

CO2-Impregnated Polyme...

CO2 infusion-based plastic coating CO2 has a negative

May 13, 2018

Glass

Vascular Skin

Jul 15, 2018No Comments

Responsive membrane window Hydrogels are polymeric materials capable of retaining large quantities of water within three-dimensional networks. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab sought to

SolarWindow

Solar energy harvesting window Global energy demand continues

Apr 29, 2018

Solar Roadways

Electricity-generating solar road modules To be most effective,

Jan 28, 2018

Paint + Paper

Van Gogh Path

Apr 22, 2018No Comments

Photoluminescent paving surface The Smart Highway project, developed by Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans, envisions responsive roadways that employ energy, light, and data to create safer

Smart Paint

Paint that monitors structural health Scientists at Glasgow’s

Apr 08, 2018

Facadeprinter

Architectural-scale robotic printer The Facadeprinter creates large murals

Mar 25, 2018

Fabric

Orimetric

Jun 10, 2018No Comments

Rubberized origami textile Orimetric is a flexible, structured textile made from geometric patterns derived from origami. Trex Lab Technology has developed a series of material-molding

Poli

3D textile-clad furnishings Poli is a lounge chair

Jun 03, 2018

Flectofin

Fiber-reinforced plastic with differentiated stiffness The Flectofin is

Apr 15, 2018

Light

Non Linear

Jul 22, 2018No Comments

Flexible interconnected lighting system Non Linear is a system of modular LED luminaires made of transparent acrylic. The individual lighting components consist of 1″-thick machined

Swing Time

Interactive illuminated playscape Swing Time is an illuminated

Jul 08, 2018

Common Desk

Underlit work surface Pasadena, California-based NONdesigns has created

Oct 29, 2017

Digital

M-Blocks

May 27, 2018No Comments

Self-assembling robotic cubes M-Blocks are simple cubic robots that propel themselves through space without any conspicuous moving parts. Developed by scientists at MIT’s Computer Science

C-Fab

Freeform 3D wall printing Branch Technology has developed

May 20, 2018

Pointelist

Plug-in-play building monitoring system Researchers at KieranTimberlake have

Mar 11, 2018

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