HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
AnandY
User Rank
Gold
Re: The Industrial Thermoset Polymers Is What We Need
AnandY   6/25/2014 3:08:05 AM
NO RATINGS
For a long time there has been a big problem on use of materials that cause environmental pollution when disposed of, that are weak in nature, and relatively expensive. Well, things can be made easier with the acquisition of the Stronger, lighter, cheaper, self-healing, and recyclable, too. They're all true about its new family of industrial thermoset polymers. These materials are also incapable of cracking, reacting with solvents and what is more interesting is that they can be able to self heal to their original form.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: interesting material breakthrough
Ann R. Thryft   6/11/2014 12:38:05 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree, Cabe. I think the applications for composites are where this material will make a really big difference.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: interesting material breakthrough
Cabe Atwell   6/10/2014 2:41:05 AM
NO RATINGS
Seems like these new memory polymers would have great appeal to aircraft manufacturers who routinely have to patch the fuselage over the course of years to keep the planes flight worthy. 

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: interesting material breakthrough
Ann R. Thryft   6/9/2014 12:59:26 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, Clinton. We've written a few articles on self-healling plastics (see the Related posts list), and several give info on how they work, or links to that info. This goes beyond all of them--the materials are a completely new class of polymers, constructed differently from others. Leave it to IBM to come up with that! I agree about the price point.

CLMcDade
User Rank
Gold
interesting material breakthrough
CLMcDade   6/9/2014 10:05:51 AM
NO RATINGS
Ann,  

Nice article.  I have been reading about self-healing plastics for awhile now, but this was the first article (with video) that had any specific details about how it works.

That the material is also recyclable is pretty amazing.  

The price point should be interesting, and will determine what products and which industries use it first.

Naperlou's comment and your response are a good example of how the benefits of a new material can be missed because of one's viewpoint.  As a product designer working for a plastics manufacturer, decreasing rejected parts was the first thing that came to my mind, followed by the effect the material might have on the performance of my designs in the field.

Advances like these will find applications and will bring benefits.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Actually quite useful
Ann R. Thryft   6/6/2014 12:01:50 PM
NO RATINGS
Lou, the attraction in electronics is not for end users so much as for manufacturers not having to throw away expensive chips or subassemblies during manufacturing, as we mention, which could boost yields.
Recyclability is also a big, big deal for consumer electronics--they're a huge contributor to choked landfills and many of their materials are harmful to both human recyclers (often in third-world countries without strict safety and health controls) as well as the environment.



 

 

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
great, but not really mecessary
naperlou   6/6/2014 9:50:12 AM
NO RATINGS
Ann, while this is an interesting development, at least one of the applications you mention does not really need many of these properties.  In the electronics world, longevity is not important.  I have a ton (perhaps) of stuff which is mostly old electronics that are not very old, but are unusable.  The issue is that the cost/performance of new electronics makes older ones functionally obsolete very quickly.  Longevity and self repair are not really assets.



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
If you’ve noticed the recent news about electric cars and batteries, then it’s easy to wonder about the continuing wisdom behind public subsidies for EVs.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
A group of collaborators wants to recast MacGyver or a show similar to it with a female protagonist as part “The Next MacGyver” competition, in order to get young girls interested in STEM fields.
Biomimicry and 3D printing have come together in new swarming ant and butterfly robots that act very much like their insect counterparts, the inventions of German robotics firm Festo.
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?
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