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Chain-mail Fabric

University of Illinois scientists have fabricated the world's smallest
chain-mail fabric that consists of a network of small rings about 500
University of Illinois scientists have fabricated the world's smallest chain-mail fabric that consists of a network of small rings about 500 microns in diameter and even smaller links about 400 microns long. The rings and links are built upon a planar substrate and then released to create a flexible sheet that can bend along two axes and drape over curved surfaces.

Because the rings and links can slide and rotate against each other, the fabric possesses unique mechanical and electrical properties. These properties could prove useful for the development of smart fabric and wearable electronic devices for pervasive computing.

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