Proteus: World’s First Manufactured Non-Cuttable Material

By: | July 20th, 2020

Image courtesy: Durham University

Researchers from the UK’s Durham University and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute have developed world’s first non-cuttable material.

This incredible material is named as Proteus. It could be used in the security, health and safety industries.

Concept behind:

For creating this material, scientists have taken inspiration from tough cellular skin of grapefruit and fracture-resistant shells of mollusks.

Proteus is made of ceramic spheres encased in a cellular aluminum structure. The interaction between the disc and ceramic sphere creates an interlocking, vibrational connection that resists the cutting tool indefinitely.

Not only that, fine particles in the ceramics fragment hardens at the speed of the cutting tool. This makes the cutting tool useless. 

Team explained, “The blade is gradually eroded, and eventually rendered ineffective as the force and energy of the disc or the drill is turned back on itself, and it is weakened and destroyed by its own attack.”

Following are some of its amazing features:

  • Proteus is named after the shape-changing mythical god.
  • In tests, it blunted any cutting tools used against it.
  • Proteus is strong, light and non-cuttable.
  • This material is perfect for making indestructible bike locks, lightweight armor and for protective equipment for people who work with cutting tools.
  • The material is very effective against high pressure water jet cutters

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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