Zinc foamed plates, sandwiches and 3D parts
Developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, Zinc Foam is a low density, low weight, and resilient manifestation of zinc. These properties make it a great material to be used in fast moving components and/or components demanding absorption. The zinc foam can be either glued to another material or become a metallic compound with the material.
A zinc foam sandwich, consisting of two cover sheets and a layer of zinc foam in the middle, greatly expands the field of application of zinc foam. The cover sheets greatly contribute stiffness while the foam contributes cushioning. The sandwiches can be welded together just like normal sheet metal.
Contact: Fraunhofer Institute, Chemnitz, Germany.
For more information, see Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment