Using advancements in material technology in design in key. As we create new methods we must present their aesthetic and functional benefits.
'The material consists of polymer sheets that can change shape over time. Based on a polymer gel that has the consistency of human cartilage, the morphing material is built from two types of chemical bonds: strong covalent bonds and a much larger proportion of weak hydrogen bonds. When the sheet is folded, the elastic energy is stored in the strong bonds of the material. However, because of the weak bonds, the process of turning back to the original shaped is slowed down. Varying the number, strength and location of the bonds can control the amount of time it takes to turn back to its original shape, like a timer. The accuracy with which the material morphs can be programmed within minutes.'
This form of biomimicry seems purely aesthetically-driven..,
Or is it? 'No matter how pretty and lifelike the flower, the material has much more promising qualities. Sergei Sheiko, a professor of polymer chemistry who led the research, suggests that the material could be used to make medical implants that adopt the right shape once they had been inserted into the body, or capsules that deliver medicine at a set time'
This example shows how aesthetics can be impressive but the functional possibilities are even more so.
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