C6XTY is for the future of building materials. The future is now. Learn more in this brief video interview with the C6XTY founder, Sam Lanahan.
In nature, identical, spontaneously assembling protein subunits tend to form symmetrical, minimum-energy shapes. Certain shapes are well-suited for microbiological tasks and persist within organisms. One shape that occurs in several contexts is the icosahedron. A common feature among the icosahedral structures found in microbiology is that they control permeability. Some of these structures, in viruses, for example, may be nearly impermeable, protecting their contents from damaging outside influences and allowing small entities with limited genetic resources to construct viable outer casings.