Please join Dr. James C. Weaver as he discusses the technique of multi-material additive manufacturing and learn how this technique can be employed as a research tool to unravel the functional complexities of biological materials. For more details related to Dr. Weaver’s talk please refer to the abstract below:
Nature produces a remarkable diversity of intricately architectured mineralized composites that in many instances far exceeds the performance of their modern engineering analogs. Despite significant investigations into structure function relationships in these complex biological materials, in many instances, there is a lack of critical information regarding the specific functional roles of many components of these structural hierarchies. Here we introduce the technique of multi-material additive manufacturing, which we employ as a research tool to unravel the functional complexities of a wide range of biological materials including laminated composites, photonic architectures, and low drag surface coatings.