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There's been a lot of buzz lately about homemade biodegradable plastic. I haven't tried it myself, but thought it would be useful to gather here some resources relating to these experiments: :: Above is a video by ...

resources for homemade bioplastic

Organic Materials, Polymers, Techniques

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I just had a delivery of some Electroactive Polymer (EAP) to experiment with. EAP changes shape when voltage is applied, making it a great material for actuators or sensors. I found a great reference which lists ...

diy eap

Polymers, Techniques

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This happened back in 2008, but Daniel Burd, a 16-year-old school student, developed a way to make plastic bags degrade faster, achieving 43 per cent degradation within six weeks. Using ordinary household chemicals, yeast ...

plastic not fantastic

Polymers

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Sugru is a brand new material developed specifically to "hack things better." Here are some of its extraordinary properties: Cures at room temperature Sugru is like modeling clay when you take it from its pack. Once ...

sugru :: a material for hacking things better

Polymers

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A simple switch made with QTC sheet. Quantum tunnelling composite (QTC) is a smart flexible polymer, with extraordinary electrical properties, used for pressure switching and sensing. In its normal state it's a ...

quantum tunnelling composite

Materials 101, Polymers

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Hot Glue (aka Hot Melt Glue, Thermoplastic Adhesive) This must be one of my favorite materials. It allows you to glue almost anything together in an often easy and semi-durable way. It dries pretty quickly so you don't ...

hot glue

Materials 101, Polymers

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A follow up to our last post on artificial muscles.. I just found this ebook- Electroactive Polymers for Robotic Applications, Kim K.J., Tadokoro S.(Springer, 2007) The description states: Electroactive polymers (EAPs) ...

electroactive polymers + robotics

Conductive Materials, Polymers, Resources

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A great demo showing some Artificial Muscle - Electro Conductive Polymer from Ishii Lab, Kyushu Institute of Technology, ...

artificial muscle

Conductive Materials, Polymers

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Papercrete is a construction material made from waste paper, for affordable, sustainable housing. The name implies a mix of paper and concrete, hence paper-crete. Papercrete can be mixed in many ways. Paper is ...

living in paper

Ceramics & Glass, Paper, Polymers