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Note that boat builders have been using stuff like this for years. Search for Baltek and Airex, for instance. The triangles are a nice touch.
This is cool – except for the patent part.
Is this really patentable? What part of it? A triangle mesh is certainly not patentable, and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen similar uses of plywood (which doesn’t mean it’s not patentable, but it is prior art)