Category:Lattice block materials

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{{en|Lattice block materials (LBM) are materials created through a number of fabrication techniques, including casting and molding to create flat rigid panels composed of truss like substructures. Lattice Block Materials are also known as periodic cellular solids. These materials derive their extraordinary light weight and stiffness from geometry not mass. The most basic LBM is based on Buckminster Fuller's octet truss. It is an array of square based pyramids with connecting elements at the peaks.

The uses of LBM are limited because it is extremely information intensive to manufacture. You need to know a lot to produce LBM and there is no native manufacturing base to make LBM. What little production there is exists mostly in the USA Northeast. The US Navy Office of Naval Research has invested millions into the development of these "cellular materials" and has a cellular metals initiative

There are 7 basic ways of manufacturing LBMs. They are Investment casting, Sand casting,punch pressing corrugating and welding (called MicroPerf),injection molding,electro-forming,die casting, and stereo lithography (also known as 3D Printing). Each manufacturing method has it's own unique strengths and limitations. For example, injection molding is good for high volume production in plastic. Whereas investment casting is good for metal LBM in a variety of configurations.

The military seeks to use these materials to lighten up their equipment. Some suspected applications are ships propellers,water tight doors, and jet blast deflectors. These applications can't be verified because they are classified. The original inventor of Lattice Block Materials is Jonathan Priluck. His first patent on the technology was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It was awarded patent number 5,527,590 and remains the first published account of such materials.

In the year 2010 the founders company, Jonathan Aerospace Materials Corporation (or JAMCORP for short) was destroyed by a hostile takeover engineered by a company called Federal Technologies Group and operated by a lawyer from Montana by the name of Todd Johnson. Mr. Johnson took over the assets of the company and hired many of it's former employees to work for Federal Technologies Group. They continue to manufacture Lattice Block Materials and to sell LBM technology to the US military and other despite the fact that they stole all of the trade secrets and key personnel from the real innovators, Jonathan Priluck, Matti Insco Williams, and Samuel Butch Nigro.

It is unclear if they have continued to advance the state of the art in this new field of materials science because their primary client is the US Pentagon and Military Establishment. None of the original inventors remain with Federal Technologies Group and that is the most likely the reason why advancements and progress in this new area of materials science has stalled or even halted completely. Federal Technologies Group failed to capture the genius factor of JAMCORP. The people and the ideas that created this innovation refused to work for the new management.

The true inventors of LBM and LBM Technology continue their work in private. Quietly helping to advance the state of the art in this area. Federal Technologies Group continues to profit from their nefarious takeover. They provide portable runway matting for the US marines. But the Government and the People of the United States no longer benefit from the inventive minds that really founded this industry. Hopefully this will change in the future, as the real story gets out, and we will see a return to the prosperity and creativity that was the hallmark of this interesting new science.

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