The History of Composite Materials, From Brick to Bakelite to Biomimetic Hybrids

Watch the video to learn about the history of composite materials and how they’ve enabled human innovation for thousands of years.

From prehistoric materials to today’s high-tech innovations, composites have always been on the cutting edge, allowing ancient Egyptians to build shelters out of air-dried bricks and astronauts to explore space from the safety of Kevlar-infused shuttles. In fact, you could say that the rise of composites in some ways mirrors the rise of human civilization.


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