HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
<<  <  Page 2/2
Greg Stirling
User Rank
Platinum
Shape-Shifting Materials Are Packages of Future
Greg Stirling   8/15/2011 2:24:09 PM
NO RATINGS
Perhaps there is an application here in male enhancement.  Not that I need it.  Or make car bodies and structure such that, after a collision, the car springs back to its original shape by the application of electricity.  The fantasy is that a laptop computer can be made to fit in your pocket.   The reality, as Alex points out, lends itself in the short term to, toys, robotics, micro-actuators, and radio controlled models.

sensor pro
User Rank
Gold
shape-shifting
sensor pro   8/15/2011 1:07:06 PM
NO RATINGS
You are correct, the cost is super high. On the other hand it is amaizing to see a tool unfolding on your desk while you shine a heat lamp. It makes you brain run with ideas like a race car.

It is a shame that due to budget cuts many of these projects are shelved every day.

Dave Palmer
User Rank
Platinum
Re: shape-shifting
Dave Palmer   8/15/2011 11:47:38 AM
NO RATINGS
Shape-memory actuators for space applications continue to be a hot topic.  Although calculations vary, it's been said that it may cost around $10,000 per pound to put something in low Earth orbit.  That being the case, anything that can take weight out of actuation systems (for example, to deploy solar arrays) has a high value.  There is a company in Colorado called CTD which has done some interesting work with shape memory polymers for this type of application.

I think it will be a while before the cost of this technology reaches the point where it will make sense to use it in consumer-oriented applications.  The advanced concepts described in this article are not likely to be realized next week or next year.

However, it's good for design engineers to educate themselves about these materials now, so that when they become more readily available, engineers can take advantage of their unique properties.  Shape memory materials can open all kinds of interesting design opportunities, some of which can barely even be imagined now.

sensor pro
User Rank
Gold
shape-shifting
sensor pro   8/15/2011 11:01:08 AM
NO RATINGS
Very interesting. Thank you for the story. Some years back i worked on the metal with thermal memory. NASA had use it to pre-orient some tools in a specific shape and then upon use in space, expose them to certain temperature and resape them into a useful shape.

<<  <  Page 2/2


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
Fifteen European research centers have launched EuroCPS to help European companies develop innovative products for the Internet of Things.
Get your Allman Brothers albums ready. The iconic Volkswagen Microbus may be poised for a comeback, and this time it could be electric.
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
3/31/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
5/7/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 20 - 24, Taking the Internet of Things to the Cloud
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Proto Labs
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service