It's a really bad time for me for design time, but I was wondering about a spring and suction cup toy, like this one ( http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/6753/112981df656b.jpg ). I get the impression that a squishy spring wouldn't be "stiff" enough to use like that, though, so it's not past the drawing board yet.
First, this material is not waterproof.. I put some water in the bunny (so yes it is hollow), and the bunny started sweating immediately. So don't recommend this for anything usage that has to be air tight or water tight.
The melting point is about 284 degree F, but we are unsure when the material will start warping. We infiltrate it at about 150 degree F, though. So we know it can at least stand up to that temperature.
I don't know about suction.. especially since it is not air tight. Tell you what though, send me (email@example.com) a file, and I'll do a free test print for you.
We are finding that the initial 1mm may be a bit too thin, I would keep wires at around 1.5mm. The reason is that it comes out of the machine a bit soft and way more brittle (then we infiltrate it to give it strength).
seems great stuff for theater stuff. think elf ears, knobbly noses, quasimodo masks and the like.
can this material be used in combination with e.g. SWF
in one print ?
then you might have a way to add flex to mechanical objects.
think hinged lids, anatomical skeletons, etc.
create a true artificial hand, with swf bones, swf tendons and flex-flesh !
This stuff looks really interesting. I'm wondering, you said that it started to sweat when filled with water, how fast did it sweat? What does this material feel like? Is it soft, rough, smooth, sandy???
I was thinking if it holds water but releases it slowly and is soft enough it could be interesting to make some sort of cooling device for runners or other outdoor activities.
What kind of lower temperatures can it take? Could it be frozen and then thawed repeatedly without losing strength and flexibility?