Engineering

3D-printed metal bike frame is light but strong

(Phys.org) —As a bicycle newsmaker, you can file this under 3D-printed projects and you can flag it as a uniquely light yet strong 3D-printed titanium bicycle frame. The frame, announced earlier this month, was manufactured ...

Robotics

For real, outdoors: SCAMP robot can fly, perch, climb

We love the impressive video watch of Atlas biped models, super-sized machine wonders trekking through craggy terrain, undeterred by snow, mud and ice, ready to haul supplies and go where no humans dare to go in times of ...

Engineering

3-D printing with high-performance carbon fiber

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have become the first to 3-D print aerospace-grade carbon fiber composites, opening the door to greater control and optimization of the lightweight, yet stronger than ...

Internet

The modern world is fast becoming a wireless, infrared world

Optics-based technologies such as optical fibers have strongly influenced the age of wired communication. Now they look set to revolutionize wireless communications as well and solve key issues with traditional radio-based ...

Engineering

Researchers use 3-D printer to print glass

For the first time, researchers have successfully 3-D printed chalcogenide glass, a unique material used to make optical components that operate at mid-infrared wavelengths. The ability to 3-D print this glass could make ...

Robotics

Nerve-like 'optical lace' gives robots a human touch

A new synthetic material that creates a linked sensory network similar to a biological nervous system could enable soft robots to sense how they interact with their environment and adjust their actions accordingly.

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Fiber

Fiber, also spelled fibre, is a class of materials that are continuous filaments or are in discrete elongated pieces, similar to lengths of thread. They are very important in the biology of both plants and animals, for holding tissues together. Human uses for fibers are diverse. They can be spun into filaments, string or rope, used as a component of composite materials, or matted into sheets to make products such as paper or felt. Fibers are often used in the manufacture of other materials. Synthetic fibers can be produced very cheaply and in large amounts compared to natural fibers, but natural fibers enjoy some benefits, such as comfort, over their man-made counterparts.

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