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Old 02-15-2001, 02:29 PM   #1
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Heard this on WCBS (NYC- 880AM) :

Researchers have developed a way to have polymers regenerate, potentially tripling it's life expectancy. The polymers contain pellets which somehow reshape the plastic after it is broken or scratched.

My take. Build this into a Saturn. <img src="http://64.77.2.166/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/Images/Happy.gif" border="0" align="middle"> This way, a small rearend accident would be no big deal since we could watch our Saturns heal before our very eyes.

Two problems I foresee. One, cost. This can't be cheap. Two, our polymer panels were not color injected, so if it heals, it probably won't be body color.
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Old 02-15-2001, 03:01 PM   #2
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I know that some race cars us similar technology. Stillen (modifier of primarily Nissans) makes their body kits and moldings out of urethane, which comes back to almost the exact same shape after getting bent, dinged, etc. I've also heard of a story from a local racer here that used a urethane front fascia on his racecar and hit a tire wall with it. Didn't hit head-on, but was enough to do some damage. Pulled the car to the pits expecting to buy a new bumper because his was bent out. He unbolted it from the body and about four hours later it was in it's original shape. Don't know how well its structural integrity was after then, but he was really impressed. I don't know if this is the same as the polymers you are talking about, but is interesting nonetheless.

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Old 02-15-2001, 03:05 PM   #3
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wei, i read about that this morning and thought the exact same thing, that saturns could immdietly benifit from this groundbreaking technology. good stuff man, can you find an articale and pos tit so others know excatly what we read?
the benifits of this new product are endless, no more stress cracks in fiberglass boats, no more stress cracks on polymer panels.

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I can easily believe that the product might reshape itself after being dented but there is no way that, on its own, it could "heal" cuts and breaks, or fill gouged scratches. If so the stuff would be alive and we would all have to worry what it would do if it became hungry or got in the mood to breed.

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Yeah, they should implement this technology!!

Then, I can name my car "Christine"....


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Yeah, they should implement this technology!!

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