8 New Materials in the Material ConneXion Library
We’d like to introduce the materials library’s newest members…
1. Material: Compression Molded PU from Ram Technologies.
Composition: Polyurethane-coated polyester-spandex.
Standout: Once sewed into place, the pads can resist abrasion and endure severe impact, making them appropriate for recreational, health-care, or industrial applications.
2. Material: Composite Panels from Buxkin.
Composition: Recycled shoe leather and wool felt.
Standout: Bonded into ribbed wall covering or carpet, strips in three shades of leather and 47 colors of felt absorb noise and glare while resisting wear and stains.
3. Material: LED Matrix Boards from AgIC.
Standout: Compared to traditional photolithography, designs can be produced more rapidly and inexpensively by LEDs circuit-printed on a flexible and lightweight substrate.
4. Material: Punched Natural Rubber Sheet from Look Yang Design.
Standout: Die-cut patterns are boosted by the elasticity of the compressed, molded material, increasing tensile strength and maintaining abrasion resistance and sound absorption.
5. Material: Tough Flex Resin from Full Spectrum Laser.
Composition: Photopolymer resin.
Standout: Unlike many resins, which are too brittle for 3-D printing, this proprietary formulation remains durable and flexible after compression, springing back into shape.
6. Material: Polymer Foam from PlusFoam.
Composition: Post-consumer recycled foam.
Standout: Derived primarily from discarded footwear, the reprocessed substance is lightweight, durable, and non-microbial while maintaining flexibility even in extreme cold.
7. Material: Moon Beam/Moon Light from Bodenner Studio.
Composition: Linen, polyester, and polyamide.
Standout: Impregnated with glow-in-the-dark dyes, lamé threads illuminate when exposed to light—even just from a phone—then retain their radiance for three hours.
8. Material: Porcelite from Tethon 3D.
Composition: Porcelain resin.
Standout: This UV-curable substance can be used to fabricate 3-D printed molds, which tolerate high-temperature metal castings that are easily removed afterward.