I love stories about the garage-based inventors who develop a cool new invention. This material is intriguing. I wonder if a sheet could be vacuum formed or is there some porosity that would impede this?
It's a great thing about plastics and composites that so much technology still comes from independent inventors. Joyce's insight about the beneficial impact of inert gas on the polymer melt is not the kind of thing that would come from a huge company for a variety of reasons.
This is great. We get a story of advances in material and it's coming from a one-person company. Is this the new Bill Hewlett/Dave Packard garage? Instead of getting next-generation computers, we're getting next-generation materials out of a garage.
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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