Insect Shells Inspire Stronger Buildings

Insect Shells Inspire Stronger Buildings
The shape of the beetle’s shell has inspired a 3D-printed cement design that won’t crumble under stress.

The printing technique was inspired by the way the shell of arthropods (such as beetles) grow stronger under pressure. With that adaptive ability in mind, the team from Purdue developed a 3D-printed cement paste—a main ingredient in concrete and mortar—that takes advantage of the natural weakness of cement to increase resiliency. According to the research group, the new technique could help infrastructures withstand the forces of natural disasters, such as earthquakes.

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