Polymer material produced by a 3-D printer includes soft, flexible material (clear or lighter tone) with particles of hard material (black) embedded, in predetermined arrangements. When the material is compressed, its surface become bumpy in a pattern determined by the hard particles.
Advanced Materials

MIT: surface with reconfigurable texture developed

27.10.2017 tribonet 106 Views
Polymer material produced by a 3-D printer includes soft, flexible material (clear or lighter tone) with particles of hard material (black) embedded, in predetermined arrangements. When the material is compressed, its surface become bumpy in […]
climber friction rock chalk
General Topics

Friction: The Key to Rock Climbing

18.07.2017 tribonet 4,726 Views
This article explains the vital role Friction has to play in Rock Climbing. Thanks to Richard Jones and Glen Harding for their input. Friction is the magic ingredient in bouldering and rock climbing. It’s what […]
G. humeralis in French Guiana.Photo credit: Timothy Higham, UC Riverside.
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How Gecko Feet Got Sticky

30.06.2017 tribonet 165 Views
UC Riverside-led study offers evidence that small morphological changes can lead to large changes in function RIVERSIDE, Calif. – How do key innovations in the animal kingdom arise? To explore this question, gecko expert Timothy Higham, […]