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
Technology has proven over and over again to be tremendously empowering, to individuals and organizations alike. Misuse that power, however, and you might find yourself in big trouble.
Steadfast in its belief that diesel engines are right for the times, General Motors is expanding US availability of the compression-ignited technology in Chevrolet cars and light trucks.
Most cyber attacks could be avoided by adopting a list of Critical Security Controls that were created by the Center for Internet Security. That’s the message from Steve Mustard of the Automation Federation.
How 3D printing fits into the digital thread, and the relationship between its uses for prototyping and for manufacturing, was the subject of a talk by Proto Labs' Rich Baker at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis.
The term “range anxiety” began fading into the rear view mirror recently, as major automakers made announcements about longer-range, battery-powered cars.
More:Blogs|News
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 12 - 16, Analytics for the IoT: A Deep Dive into Algorithms
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9 | 10


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.
Next Course September 27-29:
Sponsored by Stratasys
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service