Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Isotruss to save us

David Jensen, a professor of civil engineering, has built a machine that manufactures structures 12 times stronger and much cheaper than their normal steel counterparts.

Some examples of what these so called Isotruss structures will be used for are: Freeway signs, Utility poles, bike frames, backpacking frames, Sports equipment, Satellites, Offshore oil structures, Monuments to the latest dictator, basically anywhere and everywhere you would use some type of pole.

"What we have done is taken the best of both worlds," explains Tracy Livingston, chief technology officer at IsoTruss "We have the material efficiencies of a lattice structure, for less material cost, and we have combined that with automated manufacturing, so we get the labor efficiencies, as well."

Their website stinks, but they are still worth a look.
Isotruss Business Site
Isotruss College Lab Site

By the way they are going to be featured on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’
May 15-17.

Quick list - benifits of IsoTruss:

  • Low Overall Cost
  • High Strength
  • High Stiffness
  • Light Weight
  • Easy Maintenance
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Redundant Load Path
  • High Damage Tolerance
Stock Ticker you might want to keep an eye on... ATK

13 comments:

Franco Yong said...

Hi..nice cool blog. And varied and interesting writings of all sorts. Keep going...

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Adam said...

Nice Looking blog, found you via a spicy page comment you made.

So will a bike made out of this stuff have less mass than say a bike made out of Carbon Fiber?

Rich said...

I think you can use many different materials (including carbon fiber) when making the trusses for the bike.

David said...

The company identified in this blog lost their license to the IsoTruss technology. The new licensee is a company called Advanced Composite Solutions, LLC. I don't think their web site is up yet, but watch for an announcement soon.

rich said...

Thanks for the update David!

mugimo said...

the new bike will be unveiled at interbike 2007 (www.interbike.com) Its called the Arantix!

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