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Monday, August 09, 2004

Metal Rubber

Blacksburg, VA-based NanoSonic has its hands full with its newest innovation, Metal Rubber. Seems that, according to Popular Science, all kinds of companies are querying them asking about how to possibly use Metal Rubber in their products.

What's Metal Rubber, and what's so great about it? The substance is a film-like polymer that can withstand extremely high temperatures and all sorts of physical abuse. It even conducts electricity, which makes it a candidate for flexible circuitry and even "smart" clothes.

Metal Rubber won't be ready for the marketplace for another year at least, and before then, NanoSonic needs to develop a better way to mass-product it. Currently, manufacturing it is a painstaking task; making a one-foot-square piece takes up to three days.

Read the article in Popular Science here...