Polymer Journal 3 – How Will We Make It?

What will the polymer be like?

Physical properties of our polymer include:

  • Elasticity

The polymer should not break very easily when stretched very wide or pressed down with a moderate amount of force. Otherwise, it would not be useful to hold anything together.

  • Not sticky and not wet

No one likes an incredibly sticky or wet slime. It gets everywhere – on clothing, on desks, on the skin – and is hard to get off. A sticky polymer would not be useful for our design either.

  • Bouncy

A bouncy polymer will feel less slimy and will stick to fewer surfaces. It will also be less likely to break when dropped. All of these characteristics are ideal for a moldable rope-like design that we are going for.

  • Aesthetically pleasing

Who doesn’t like something that looks good?

 

How are we going to build our prototypes?

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How will the polymer be tested?

After the creating stage is completed, the polymer will be stuck to surfaces, wrapped around small objects, pushed on, poked, molded, and stretched into a long, thin strand. It will also be left out overnight to dry. These tests are to ensure that the polymer fulfills (or does not fulfill) the desired physical properties. A good prototype should be maintaining these properties.