Add a soft-touch to your products and you could add to your sales. That's what Warner Tools did when it introduced the ProGrip(TM) Series, an expanded line of paint scrapers and putty knives that feature soft-touch handles. Warner designers selected polypropylene for the hard handle substrate, then added SARLINK(reg) 3460, a high-flow TPE from DSM Thermoplastic Elastomers, for the soft component, "because of its processing abilities, strong chemical resistance, and cosmetic appeal," says Warner Product Development Manager David Henke. A two-shot insert loading injection molding process was used to make the grip. Its popularity with decorative and maintenance pros proved so successful that Warner has decided to upscale its entire line of products using the SARLINK material. DSM Thermoplastic Elastomers: Product Code 4377
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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