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posted by LaminatorX on Monday March 17 2014, @03:07PM   Printer-friendly
from the Kilkenny-Flubber dept.

Open4D writes:

"The Guardian has the story behind the creation of Sugru, which it calls 'the new wonder material.'

Its 'rise in popularity [was] initially among the tech and maker community,' but it's not something I've heard of through my usual channels of tech news, despite it being one of Time magazine's "50 Best Inventions of 2010".

According to Wikipedia, 'Sugru is malleable when removed from its airtight, moisture-proof packaging, retains its plasticity for thirty minutes, and is self-curing at room temperature after approximately 24 hours.' In other words, it's Blu-Tack that sets. You can see it in action on You Tube or see plenty of demo project photos on the Sugru website.

So, who else missed this? Would you now consider buying some to have available as an alternative to superglue or duct tape? And who has enountered it? Modern miracle or over-priced rehash?'

 
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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by MozeeToby on Monday March 17 2014, @03:41PM

    by MozeeToby (1118) on Monday March 17 2014, @03:41PM (#17661)

    Here's the thing, you just listed half a dozen possible uses for which there are alternatives that are equal or better. With a bit of work, I can list about a couple dozen more. It's not that it does any one thing fantastically, it's that I can keep a little foil wrapped pack of it in a drawer for 6 months and use it as a quick fix for many different problems.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by VLM on Monday March 17 2014, @03:52PM

    by VLM (445) on Monday March 17 2014, @03:52PM (#17667)

    "use it as a quick fix for many different problems."

    Yeah well, that's your second post along those lines without any details, and I really like hearing stories about interesting problems w/ interesting solutions, so ...

    You wanna talk about things that are interesting but don't have a "real" use? I can entertain you all day with running commentary on tunnel diodes and vortex coolers and homemade DTL logic gates and the like.

    So what can you actually do with sugru?

    Here's another brainstorming idea which may or may not work... if you can get a tape-like wad of it, would it be useful in a first aid kit to kinda sorta attach a broken limb to a splint strongly enough to not flop around but loosely enough that it could never impede circulation? And being, basically, silicone caulk, the doc putting the real cast on can cut it easily enough. Nobody cares what medical stuff costs because either 1) you're unconscious so don't care 2) insurance will pay anything 3) no insurance means you can't afford anything at all so may as well get the good stuff. So this brainstorm idea is interesting. Then again does it set fast enough and if you get it in an open wound (aka compound fracture...)

    • (Score: 1) by vortechs2000 on Monday March 17 2014, @06:22PM

      by vortechs2000 (2477) on Monday March 17 2014, @06:22PM (#17739)

      I've added a support bar to my dishwasher rack by wrapping a 12 gauge copper wire around the existing rack wires and coating it with Sugru. I even managed to color match the existing rack color. It's lasted for months now with no issue.

      I also repaired a plastic dustpan that had cracked.

      It's pretty cool stuff!