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12th May 2014, 03:38 PM #1
Self Healing Plastic. Can regrow a hole or chip!
This stuff looks awesome, imagine this in a smart phone, if you drop it and crack the screen no biggie give it a little while and the phone will have completely fixed itself and regenerated new plastic.
12th May 2014, 03:47 PM #2
More here: Regenerating plastic grows back after damage | News Bureau | University of Illinois
Maybe I'm missing something, but this doesn't seem all that spectacular or useful to me... essentially, they'd need to build a network of "veins" through the plastic (sorry @abillybob but that means no screens!) that have to have a source of liquid polymer being pumped through them constantly, then when damage occurs the polymer seeps in to the crack/hole, hardens and the material is "fixed". However, this means that if that spot was damaged again, there'd be no "veins" to deliver the polymer. You'd need some sort of pump to deliver the polymer, which adds cost and complexity. Presumably you'd need to top up the polymer if it ran low...
Surely it's easier, faster and cheaper to fill the hole yourself?
12th May 2014, 03:55 PM #3
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