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Metal foams are a type of materials that, due to their unique characteristics, have aroused great interest in various technological fields. These, combine some virtues of metals, with the structural advantages of foams. Their particular light structure and good physical, chemical and mechanical properties make them suitable for a wide range of industrial applications.
The European Patent Office (EPO) publishes a new study on the technological panorama of the so-called fourth industrial revolution. It takes more than 48,000 patent applications submitted up to 2016 and organized into three relevant technological sectors: connected smart objects, data driven value creation y software-driven innovation.