Magazine article National Defense

College Students Put Military Inventions on Sales Shelf

Magazine article National Defense

College Students Put Military Inventions on Sales Shelf

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* If only everyone were able to buy fake skin and super torches that can slice steel like butter. Thanks to students at Indiana's Ball State "University, items like these may soon hit the commercial market.

The project is called Military 2 Market, and it is aimed at doing just as the name implies. The college has agreements with the military to share patents on technologies developed by the Navy Surface Warfare Center's Crane Division in southern Indiana. Students then market them to potential commercial clients.

The students are working on six patents, including one for simulated skin. Originally developed for use in ballistic testing, the "sim skin" comes in différent thicknesses and hues The pretend skin is perfect for education and training purposes, said Dawn Savidge, an entrepreneurship major at Ball State.

"We talked to several respected people in the medical field, including one doctor who recalled he had practiced his suturing skills on a towel wrapped around a sponge," she said.

Students also are marketing a Beam of Life Device, or BOLD, a laser that can burn through steel while generating almost no noise. …

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