Nama Development LLC, Goleta, CA, US
As the first and only known material capable of achieving the theoretical upper bound for isotropic elasticity, the Isomax™ material geometry can revolutionize the design of lightweight high performance engineered systems. Isomax™ is composed of two unique subgeometries that are individually maximally stiff but highly anisotropic. Their combination can achieve isotropy but also can be optimized for local density, stiffness, strength, and anisotropy--facilitating functionally graded and highly optimized designs, with unrivaled performance. The relatively simple geometry, composed of sheets of material, is amenable to manufacturing by sheet folding, allowing access to a wide range of constituent materials. Using available engineering materials, such as carbon fiber reinforced composites, titanium and aluminum alloys, Isomax™ can achieve moduli exceeding an order of magnitude above existing high performance material systems at the same density. When utilized as an internal geometry for 3D printed parts, designs with minimal mass, materials, and build time are achievable, reducing costs, energy usage, and the amount of raw materials used.
Primary Application Area: Materials, Chemical
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3
Vetted Programs/Awards: NSF I-corps grant recipient (2017), National Innovation Award (2017), foundational research published in Nature
Organization Type: Early-mid-stage Startup
Showcase Booth #: 25M
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
External Funding to Date: We have received $75k in preseed investment from friends and family.