A couple of weeks ago I met a PhD working on a new generation of composites. He had just documented a 30-50% increase in the tensile and bending strength of this new composite. However, considerable work still needed to be done to model the system and develop enough empirical data in order to start designing components based on this technology. When asked how far away he was from a marketable technology he suggested 4 to 5 years.
I was reminded of how long (and expensive) a development cycle can be, especially for a new aerospace material/technology.
How do we accelerate the process to bring safe and mature technologies to market in this decade?
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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