nano-giger

Micro-sculptures:
"By training intense electron beams on the surface of metals, Bruce Dance and his team have found a way to fashion delicate metal projections that will act like ultra-strong Velcro to form much tougher joints between metals and lightweight composite materials in aircraft and cars. The projections could be used to encourage bone to grow onto artificial hips. They could also be used in electronics to produce heat sinks of just about any shape."

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

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17 Responses:

  1. g_na says:

    Exhibit B looks like weird Giger-esque pr0n.

  2. mrmustard says:

    But that's no way to keep things connected. Well, the material may stay fused for a while but eventually it will start thinking about a roast beef sandwich. At least, that's my experience and, like I said, I'm no scientist.

  3. Good going, you'll never be mayor of San Francisco now.

  4. autodidactic says:

    Yum. Tab A, Slot B. Ones and zeroes. Sticks and holes. Very elegant.

    A.

  5. giles says:

    The projections could be used to encourage bone to grow onto artificial hips.

    I'll say!

    Huh huh, huh.

    • rantzilla says:

      I thought it said "encourage bone to grow onto artificial LIPS". I was all excited about that. But artificial hips? No way.

  6. bitpuddle says:

    Good God. Is that goatse?

  7. cabrius says:

    Clearly this will revolutionize the cheese grater industry.

  8. keturah says:

    And mother nature offers her receiving end . . . but it is going to be a tight fit. They do not open up much more that ~15 µm!