Shape-memory metals get a fair amount of attention, but shape memory polymers exist, too. In fact, heat-shrink tubing is a familiar example of a simple shape-memory effect in a polymer....
Sean Michael Ragan | Friday January 20th, 2012 1:00 PM
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Those of you, um, enthusiastic enough to remember Star Trek IV may recall the scene embedded above. If not, let me set up the clip: The crew of the Enterprise...
Sean Michael Ragan | Tuesday January 17th, 2012 1:00 PM
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On Friday, I wrote about the development of amorphous or “glassy” metal alloys, in which the atoms are packed together with no regular crystal structure. At the microscopic level, almost...
Sean Michael Ragan | Monday January 16th, 2012 9:05 AM
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At the atomic scale, generally speaking, solids are either crystalline or amorphous. In crystals, the atoms or molecules fill space in a repeating, orderly arrangement, like stacked cannonballs or cells...
Sean Michael Ragan | Friday January 13th, 2012 5:30 PM
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In honor of our Advanced Materials theme, we’re sharing an excerpt from my favorite book on smart materials, Syuzi Pakhchyan’s Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting. If you’re...
Goli Mohammadi | Friday January 13th, 2012 5:00 PM
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Last year we launched our Skill Builder series on the site, a monthly educational program exploring core maker skills (electronics, woodworking, metalworking, etc.). We think we got off to a...
Gareth Branwyn | Tuesday January 10th, 2012 4:00 PM
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