Boeing shows off an innovative material that is the lightest metallic structure ever made!

This material is called microlattice. It consists of special hollow metal tubes with the walls of 100 nm, which is almost 1000 times thinner than a hair! Besides, the structure contains 99.99% of air and can easily rest on top of a dandelion!


Microlattice is 3 dimensional material that resembles bone tissue in its structure. Our bones are very hard from the outside, but inside they are not monolithic and have a lot of hollows. As a result, bones are light and hard at the same time.

Microlattice is said to possess the same qualities but in a greater degree: it is incredibly strong and extremely light!


The lightest metal in the world, as it is called by Boeing researchers, is a nickel-phosphorus alloy that is coated onto an open polymer structure. The polymer is then removed, leaving a structure of the nickel-phosphorus, thus creating the lightest metallic structure.

Sophia Yang, a research scientist of HRL Laboratories, says that this front-edge technology can be used in many areas, first of all in the aerospace industry. For instance, planes will be much stronger and lighter due to this material, thus being safer and demanding less fuel.

And what do YOU think about this revolutionary technology? You are more than welcome to leave your comments!

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19 Comments
Frank Dunsmoor
Frank Dunsmoor
I'm truly amazed at these advances we're seeing. Couldn't this technology also be applied to the medical field (canes, walkers and wheelchairs)? Or maybe to construction (wheelbarrows, ladders, and toolboxes)? Just a couple of ideas for your consideration.
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Oct 17, 2015 12:58AM
Alexander Espinoza
Alexander Espinoza
More into medical. Could it be use in prosthetics.
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Oct 17, 2015 9:27PM
Danny Majors
Danny Majors
I can imagine the medical field will have many uses for this.
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Oct 17, 2015 9:48PM
Andrew Corona
Andrew Corona
What about bone replacement?
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Oct 17, 2015 9:50PM
eugene wilson
medical, housing, aerospace, automotive could all use this
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Oct 17, 2015 10:15PM
Ismael Cruz
Planes will demand less fuel. I will demand less for my plane ticket! Yeah...
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Oct 17, 2015 11:03PM
Mitchell Pierre
Mitchell Pierre
Hey I need enough to build myself a house and maybe someone smarter than me can build me a car out of this stuff . Just a thought hint hint smart people
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Oct 17, 2015 11:15PM
Lare Avery
Lare Avery
James, God wants us to be His copycats, He shows us the best way to imitate with Jesus in His Holy Owners Manual : THE BIBLE
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Oct 17, 2015 11:22PM
Tom Young
Modern marvel...
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Oct 17, 2015 11:57PM
Rod Humiecki
Alien technology.
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Oct 18, 2015 12:22AM
stephenward
only 11 people commented really
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Oct 18, 2015 4:54AM
pierre baz
If this material can be used in 3D printing, then sky is the limit for applications in many fields especially in medicine
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Oct 18, 2015 6:44AM
Vasily Tchaikovsky
Vasily Tchaikovsky
how much? probably good for my metal hips in future
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Oct 18, 2015 6:03PM
Dennis Graudons
Dennis Graudons
I think they mean the least dense material , not the lightest.
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Oct 18, 2015 6:11PM
Tyler Kline
Tyler Kline
too expensive
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Oct 19, 2015 2:58AM

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