3D-Printed 'Gold Foil' Protects Everything from Spacecraft to Cell Phones

Virginia Tech engineers and chemists have discovered a way to print Kapton, and in the process they have created the highest temperature 3D printed material available. Kapton often is used in the multi-layer insulation that forms the outer wrapping of spacecraft, satellites, and planetary rovers to protect them from extreme heat and cold. It often is mistaken for 'gold foil.' Possible future uses are not limited to the aerospace industry. The same material can be found in countless electronic devices, including cell phones and televisions.Tech Briefs spoke with the Virginia Tech engineers about the technology's possibilities.