RE: metallic polymers [no disclaimers]

From: Makai Smith (
Date: Thu Oct 16 2003 - 21:56:06 EEST

Hmm *wrinkles brow* the exploitation of electromagnetic effects?
Transduction, vibratory, thermal? The accumulation of small effects.
Bubblejets versus piezography? Fluid propulsion, hydraulic.
Maybe even direct electroactive motion? Muscles.

My customers won't want to fab their own robot at home...
unless it can walk around to fetch them a beer ;)

Is there research using metallic polymers for motors or some such conventional propulsion? I can imagine a weight savings and there must be some other material property benefits to exploit.


-----Original Message-----
From: Marshall Burns []
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2003 11:12 AM
To: Makai Smith;
Subject: RE: metallic polymers


        Yes, this work has very interesting ramifications for digital
fabrication. Dupont is not directly addressing that application
immediately, but other people are. There is a project at MIT, for
example, that is working on printing electronic circuits directly into

        I'm curious about your suggestion of making propulsion
components this way. Could you explain what you're thinking about?

Marshall Burns

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Makai Smith
> Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2003 11:16
> To:
> Subject: metallic polymers
> Hello RP-ML,
> Last week I saw a presentation by Alan Heeger who won a Nobel
> prize developments in metallic polymers. DuPont then bought
> his work to boost their displays division. Much excitement
> has surrounded their application to produce OLED's, as thin
> film displays and photocells. The thing that struck me is
> that they are printable fluids. THEY'RE INKS! ...uh, RP uses
> printing processes, so...I can only speculate, someone help
> me out here...
> Are there developments toward using metallic polymers for RP?
> Is this the crucial step toward functional differentiation
> within parts (to allow printing logic and propulsion
> components?) This is exciting, right?
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