Returning to the Sea with 3D-Printed Fish

The science of boats is not new. Haul, sail, and motor design can be complex and tough to hone to specific applications, but the end goal is the same—to propel an object through water. However, new research may very well change the way we think of these aquatic-propelled vehicles.

On this front, Maurizio Porfiri, recipient of the 2015 C.D. Mote Jr. Early Career Award for his contributions in the field of vibration and acoustics, is working with polymers that efficiently transfer energy to propulsion, or allow forces from movement in liquids to generate energy.

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