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Colder winters and 3D manufacturing technology could mean a new market for building design.
These products and technologies draw inspiration from the natural world.
Researchers at the University of Sheffield developed perovskite-based spray-on solar cells, whose production is less carbon-intensive than the more common silicon alternatives.
By modifying steel's granular structure to reflect that of the natural building material, researchers in the U.S. and China were able to improve its mechanical performance under stress.
Startup MarkForged's first product is a 3D printer that extrudes continuous carbon fiber and other resilient materials to create objects with high strength-to-weight ratios.