CleanyKeys Polymer Journal #5

When going through our multiple trials, our final one was the most successful. When testing the final CleanyKeys prototype, it cleaned smudges as well as sticking to all grime and dirt, making the keyboard spotless. This trial was also the one that had the right balance of ingredients, for example, 50 millilitres of PVA and 105 millilitres of liquid starch. The reason why this polymer ended up being the most successful one to clean keyboards, is because of its consistency, the balance of liquid starch and glue made it less slimy and wet and more solid and dry. This polymer is a synthetic polymer, meaning that it was chemically altered to fit our needs; we mixed the ingredients to create a new and better substance.

I feel our design process was very similar to the ISB design process. Firstly, we planned and developed ideas on what our expectations for the polymer were. After that, we created multiple test slimes to see which characteristics we would want for this cleaning product. Finally, we defined the polymer as CleanyKeys and asked for feedback from our fellow students. The pitch that we gave to the Dream On team went well; we introduced CleanyKeys and its strengths as well as providing a live presentation of how our polymer works and test it.
Sustainability is one of the main things we were looking to have as a significant part of our polymer. Since it is mostly based on liquid starch, it is almost biodegradable, and with a little more time, we could make this cleaning product safe to throw in your garden. CleanyKeys is also reusable, meaning our clients can easily clean it with water and make sure it is ready for re-use.

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