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Leon S. Dimas, Graham H. Bratzel, Ido Eylon and Markus J. Buehler Tough Composites Inspired by Mineralized Natural Materials: Computation, 3D printing, and Testing Advanced Functional Materials 23

Article first published online: 17 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201300215

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Tough composites with bioinspired topologies and microscale features are designed, 3D printed and mechanically tested. Discrete simulation methods are used to identify fracture resistant composite topologies. Subsequently, additive manufacturing is used for rapid fabrication of the computationally conceived composites. In agreement with the simulation predictions the 3D printed composites exhibit fracture resistance far superior to their individual constituents.

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