Describing our polymer:
1. We are making…
A polymer named Loopie that can be used to fix and make wearable products such as shoes, glasses, clothes, etc.
2. We want PHYSICAL PROPERTIES to include:
- Not sticky (if too sticky, it is vulnerable and uncomfortable for people to use)
- Stretchability (both long and wide, so that if there are different sizes for children, people can easily pull and shrink)
- Bouncy/Soft (very convenient in walking, so that it doesn’t feel like walking on a hard surface, similar to shoe company design techniques and abilities)
- Waterproof (people won’t experience any type of inconvenience on taking on and off wearable products)
Our plan to develop our prototype:
1. First, we will gather materials that we need in order to make the perfect Loopie(polymer). There is PVA solution (50 ml), Borax (5 ml), White Glue (0.5 ml), and Water (1 ml).
2. Second, we will mix and swirl up all the materials from step 1 and make it into a Loopie. If there are problems with the design, such as not having the exact physical properties, we will need to consider and redo the materials again.
3. Third, we will test out the Loopie to check if it meets the physical properties criteria. One of our main benefit of the polymer is the waterproof ability. If we do the experiment shown in our main video and it works completely like that, that will be okay.
4. Finally, we will attach the design to an actual wearable product to test out the benefits and rooms to improve furthermore.
Method and Results:
First, in order to prove that these ideas and physical properties work is using several experiments to prove that the polymer is working. For example, during the video, there is an experiment that shows the waterproof ability and technique by putting in paper and comparing it to a hand towel. Moreover, the polymer can go long and wide by stretching it out which is easy to prove. Then, we are able to show the bouncy characteristic by bouncing it on a flat surface. By this, the physical properties can be proven which can be very effective.