Metallic microlattices and applications
Microlattices are periodic open cell structure, where the lattice formation occurs due to interconnected struts.
The study of metallic microlattices is still at a very early stage, and much is ongoing to uncover its full potential for structural applications.
Study  suggest that highly ordered lattices are stronger than disordered types of cellular materials, but they are extremely sensitive to strain localization. In addition, they could accumulate high amounts of localized damage in certain strut orientation.
Researchers  also reported that randomization in cell structures enhance the mechanical properties of the structures by eliminating the natural fault planes that commonly occur in ordered structures.
Manufacturing of Lattices
Applications of metallic microlattices
Typical applications of metal lattices are:
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