A material world


What would it be like if a file cabinet only weighed just a few kilograms and you could easily lift your desk with one hand? Soon this may be a reality!

Intense research is currently underway in the world to identify new material constellations that are both more durable and lighter. Perhaps those who have made the most progress are the US aircraft manufacturer Boeing with their microlattice. It is a revolutionary metal that is 100 times lighter than Styrofoam and 1,000 times thinner than a human hair.

The microlattice structure reminds one of how the human skeleton is constructed with its hollow inner space encased by a hard shell.

Boeing has not yet revealed how they will use the material, but down the line, one can imagine that it will be used in the walls and floors of aircraft to reduce weight and thereby reduce energy consumption.

Another interesting material currently in the experimental stage is biological concrete, which captures and absorbs rainwater, making it, for instance, easy to grow walls of moss and fungi.

It goes without saying that Kinnarps is following these developments closely.