Microstructures - 4 News by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Changing shapes at the push of a button
A single piece of material can take the place of entire systems of sensors, regulators and actuators
04-Jan-2023 - Programmable materials are true shapeshifters. They can change their characteristics in a controlled and reversible way with the push of a button, independently adapting to fit new conditions. They can be used, for example, to make comfy chairs or mattresses that prevent bedsores. To produce ...
How glass learns to illuminate itself and create heat
Among other things, this can be used to produce electrically conductive and self-heating glass microreactors for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries
31-Mar-2022 - Glass objects which glow in the dark, glass containers that heat up and cool down, or glass control knobs and switches that eliminate viruses and bacteria by themselves – all this seems to completely contradict our everyday experience of what glass can do. And yet, it is now within reach. To ...
Lotus effects by laser
Fast and much more versatile than coatings: Fusion Bionic established
03-Feb-2022 - Nano- and microstructures can now be incorporated into surfaces in an instant using lasers. The technology is being developed and marketed by the Dresden-based start-up Fusion Bionic, a spin-off from the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS. The possibilities are virtually ...
"Fusion Bionic" lasers lotus effects
Learning evolutionary tricks from sharks and butterflies: Fraunhofer IWS Dresden spins off lasertech company
20-May-2021 - A researcher team from industry and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS is spinning off a high-tech company called “Fusion Bionic”. The company aims to bring lotus effects and other functional microstructures from nature to technical surfaces such as air wings and ...
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