Probably we are facing an Innovative building material. Boeing has developed a material called Ultralight Metallic Microlattices, it is very durable and is a hundred times lighter than Styrofoam. It is ready for industrialization and probably it will be applied to the aircraft. But we’re imagining all the possible applications in other sectors, including architecture.
Ultralight Metallic Microlattices is made by the 99.9% by air and was developed by Boeing in cooperation with the University of California and the California Institute of Technology.
“A 3D structure of open cell polymer that can be compared to the structure of the bones. The outside is rigid while the interior is mostly hollow” explains Sophia Yang of HRL Laboratories Malibu, the company that has partnered with the University California
At the moment, it is unclear what will be the specific use of this metal super-lightweight, but the assumptions are many. One of the several examples of use is linked to its ability to absorb impacts.
Certainly we are still at the dawn of the applications of this material. But we are certain that in the future will contribute to the creation of a new way of thinking about architecture.