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Our story

Multiscale Systems was created because we wanted to make better materials.

Built on the PhD and post-doc research of founders Jesse Silverberg and Art Evans, Multiscale Systems has grown from a garage start-up to a million dollar firm in just a couple of years. They wanted to see their research on mechanical metamaterials progress beyond academic papers and into real-world applications. This motivation was enhanced by an apparent absence in the technical expertise required for the technology to be advanced by existing materials science/engineering firms, which are generally more focused on developing new chemical and molecular structures.

Initial funding and support has come from a range of organizations, including NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, accelerators, and industry partners.

With headquarters in Worcester, MA we will support our community through economic growth, job creation, and community partnerships.

jesse silverberg presenting to a crowd at MassChallenge

Jesse Silverberg, CEO & Research Director, presenting to a crowd at MassChallenge.

What we do

We’re an advanced materials firm that designs and manufactures mechanical metamaterials. Metamaterials are created by combining origami-inspired geometric patterns with traditional materials making them lighter, stronger, and more multifunctional than conventional materials alone.

Metamaterials are a new breed of materials, created without the need for costly molecular or chemical development. Mechanical metamaterials are also agnostic to the material itself; the advanced patterns and their corresponding characteristics can be applied to a range of materials, such as plastics, metals, and composites.

The potential application of mechanical metamaterials is massive, from aerospace to semi-trailer manufacturing. Because our solutions allow for more than one optimization to be applied, solutions can be optimized for multiple priorities such as weight reduction, thermal expansion, energy absorption, aeroelasticity, insulation, conductivity, and much more.

the multiscale systems workshop

An overview of the Multiscale Systems workshop with 3D print farm, CNC machine, and Instron mechanical tester.

Fast facts & timeline

Established 2018
Headquarters Worcester, MA
Founders Dr. Jesse Silverberg & Dr. Art Evans
R&D investment $1.6 million
Expertise Design and manufacture of mechanical metamaterials
Products MetaCORE, MetaCORE-LD, MetaTHERM


Our logo takes inspiration from the Miura pattern found in origami, which we use in our designs for MetaCORE.

Multiscale Systems logo
Multiscale Systems logo
Primary color
HEX: #04556E
RGB: 4 85 110
CMYK: 95 60 40 21
Secondary color
HEX: #338197
RGB: 51 129 151
CMYK: 80 38 32 3
Highlight color
HEX: #E2BF23
RGB: 226 191 35
CMYK: 13 21 100 0
Lighter color
RGB: 206 218 226
CMYK: 19 9 6 0

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What are mechanical metamaterials?

How innovative geometric design can be used to create lightweight, multifunctional material systems without chemical or molecular modification.