Wolverine’s Adamantium Is Now Real

By Matthew Flynn | Published

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Hey, bub. Have you ever imagined wielding a material as strong as Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton in the X-Men comics? A new titanium metamaterial, with its supernatural strength, might just be a match. This extraordinary new substance is created with a unique lattice design modeled after strong, hollow-stemmed plants from nature, which makes it 50 percent stronger than the strongest alloy of similar density. However, this isn’t your everyday alloy; its strength lies in its innovative structure.

Adamantium-like Material

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In the same vein as Wolverine’s near-indestructible skeletal structure in the X-Men series, this metamaterial can resist the stress of heavy loads and can be scaled for structures ranging from a few millimeters to several meters. This material’s potential for use in a variety of manufacturing sectors, from medical implants to rocket ships, is immeasurable — much like Wolverine’s capacity to recover and endure in the face of adversity.

Incredible Customization

Additively manufactured metamaterials, also known as architectured cellular materials, are materials with unique designs that can be customized to have special mechanical and multifunctional properties. One type, called hollow-strut lattice (HSL) metamaterials, is especially efficient and versatile due to its hollow design, which can be used in multiple ways, including in lightweight and biomedical applications, as well as in microfluidics and thermal engineering.

Created With 3D Printing

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The creators of this revolutionary titanium metamaterial have leveraged the possibilities of 3D printing to turn this vision into reality. This metamaterial is akin to Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton – not merely because of its strength but because of its capacity to withstand high temperatures and resist corrosion, revolutionizing our approach to manufacturing.

By integrating a thin-plate lattice structure into the hollow space within the HSL structure, the strength and efficiency of these materials are enhanced. This integration also helps to improve the resistance against deformation while evenly distributing any applied stress, resulting in unparalleled strength.

One Of The Strongest Metal Alloys

These improved HSLs, now known as thin-plate integrated hollow-strut lattice (TP-HSL) metamaterials, have been made using a titanium alloy known as Ti-6Al-4V. These TP-HSL metamaterials demonstrate a relative yield strength that is significantly superior to other types of cellular metals, including HSL and solid-strut lattice metamaterials made from various other metal alloys.

Incredibly Strong And Heat Resistant

In addition to their superior strength, TP-HSL metamaterials also display an absolute yield strength far superior to magnesium alloys with similar densities. Plus, they maintain high corrosion resistance, biocompatibility, heat resistance, and other unique properties of the Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy. With these features, titanium multi-topology metamaterials are pushing the boundaries of what is possible for lightweight and multifunctional metal materials.

A Long Ways From Grafting It To Our Skeletons

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So, if you thought that metal as durable and resilient as Wolverine’s adamantium was merely the stuff of comic books and movies, think again. The future is here with this new titanium metamaterial, which offers the strength and durability of Wolverine’s legendary skeleton reimagined for the real world. It might not quite be ready to be bonded to a human skeleton to join the X-men in battle against the Sentinels, but most people wouldn’t want to go through the agony of being part of a Weapon X project, anyway.