Mechanically robust lattices inspired by deep-sea glass sponges

  title={Mechanically robust lattices inspired by deep-sea glass sponges},
  author={Matheus C. Fernandes and Joanna Aizenberg and James C. Weaver and Katia Bertoldi},
  journal={Nature Materials},
The predominantly deep-sea hexactinellid sponges are known for their ability to construct remarkably complex skeletons from amorphous hydrated silica. The skeletal system of one such species of sponge, Euplectella aspergillum , consists of a square-grid-like architecture overlaid with a double set of diagonal bracings, creating a chequerboard-like pattern of open and closed cells. Here, using a combination of finite element simulations and mechanical tests on 3D-printed specimens of different… Expand

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