Disney Research has come up with a design/fabrication aid sexily named “Mechanical Characterization of Structured Sheet Materials.” What they’ve done is create a variety of lattices based on different isohedral (i.e. tiled) patterns…
…and observed the differences in each pattern’s range of movement when stretched.
They then came up with software that accurately predicts how each pattern will respond to being pulled in different directions or, in geek-speak, each pattern’s “direction-dependent macromechanical behavior.”
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