To find the perfect grip, we took the 3 polymers with characteristics we already know, Gloop, Booger and super slime and tested each out. Then we combined Gloop and Booger with the ratio of 1:1 and then Super Slime with Booger with the ration of 1:1 and ran tests. The result of Gloop and Booger came out ideal while Super Slime and Booger was a little too soft for our purpose. Therefore, we decided that Gloop and Booger was going to be our final prototype.
However, we hope to find a polymer that can be reusable; a polymer that will never dry out. However, before we find a solution, we have presented ways to maintain our polymer stretchy and grip like for those customers who cannot wait. We found out that hand cream and cause the polymer to remain soft and fully functional.
The polymer that we designed is slip-proof easy-to-use grip for almost anything. Based on our experiments, our polymer can stick on plastic, glass and even pencils and pens if you want to reduce pain and relax your fingers.
1cm of glue
10cm of borax
This prototype was too hard and doesn’t stay in shape. It also wasn’t very stretchy and couldn’t stay in shape because it was so hard. Overall, this prototype didn’t meet our expectations for our purpose.
It was firm enough and stuck to glass fairly well.
Prototype 2 (Final prototype)
2cm of glue
10cm of borax
15cm of laundry detergent
It didn’t stay soft. The polymer begins to harden after around 24 hours. We have a temporary solution, hand cream, however, if we had more time, I would like to learn and figure out how we could have the polymer to remain its soft and moldable texture.
This prototype is firm, gives support, sticks to metal, plastic and glass and bouncy. It meet our expected characteristics fairly well- other than not drying out of course.
Method for Grippit:
1 Start with the booger recipe.
2. Make a batch of gloop but without the 8cm of water.
3. Kneed together the two polymer with the ratio of 1:1
Testing and experimenting and first hand observing how different things react has helped us to find a polymer that would meet our goal. First, to define and inquire, we asked ourselves how we can use the knowledge we already have to come up with something that can apply in the real world. Then as we tested with the different prototypes, we kept on going back to the stage of Develop and Plan then Create and improve. The design wheel helped us to improve and going back to our prototype to make things even better. I learned how polymerization work with different materials and I hope that our product in the end, will have an impact on the real world
After our prototype one failed to achieve our goal, we thought about how to improve with the base of prototype one. The main reason for prototype one to fail was that it wasn’t soft or stretchy enough. Based on observation, we understood that mix glue and laundry detergent together will form a soft and relatively stick polymer. We decided to give that a try. we mixed the two polymer together and it was still a little too dry. I wanted to add some water to see what happens. Overall, prototype two passed our tests and met our expectations for a grip well.
Here is our final video