Day: April 21, 2017

By Piet Spaans Viridiflavus (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by fish: Designing a high-performance, flexible armour

A group of Canadian researchers have investigated the optimal design for lightweight armour, using 3D printing and mechanical testing If asked to suggest animals that use armour to protect their soft, squishy innards, you might think of the quills of a porcupine, the thick hide of a rhino, or the hard shell of a tortoise. But there is another class of natural...