Showing posts from October, 2010

What materials are used in windows that break in movies?

Ever wonder how actors jump through a window but then live to talk about it on late night talk shows? Sometimes they use computer graphics but that's not the only way to create the special effect. Simon Tong / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 A product called Rubber Glass, lets you create special effects that simulate glass without the inherent dangers. Unlike other transparent plastics, this one breaks with the same spiderweb, shattering pattern as glass. It uses a polyurethane that enables you to create glass and ice-like objects without the hassles of conventional breakaway plastic products. Unlike other plastics, this product cures at room temperature; once cured, it is odorless and easy to handle. You mix it up and shape it into whatever you need. Rubber Glass is a non-toxic silicone that simulates broken glass or ice. Once you combine the two bottles, you let it cure to form a soft, clear rubber, and then crumble it. The film Die Another Day used over 1.5 tons of it, and several ot

Inventables is moving to a new office

Inventables is going through some exciting changes this year. In addition to launching our online store , we're also moving to a new office. With the launch of our new store, we seek to democratize the practice of materials research, streamline the process of innovation, and inspire everyone—regardless of profession—to explore what’s possible. We believe exploration is a precursor to innovation. In order to create a workspace that embodies that spirit of "Exploring What's Possible", we approached the team at Studio O + A to design our new office. We found an awesome loft space near the west edge of Chicago's loop and two blocks from Union Station. View Larger Map The designers at Studio O + A had a blank canvas to work with. The building is currently being renovated, and it has tall ceilings and a really cool concrete look and feel. The main focus of our work at Inventables is software development. We're continually improving our website to make


At Inventables we believe that it is currently too difficult for artists, innovators, and product  developers to source materials and find solutions for their projects.   I recently found the CORE-Materials OER project and they share our passion. They are working to make a significant number of the many existing learning resources in Materials freely available online. They explain on their site "the resources will be licensed for open use and repurposing worldwide." They offer a resource page with a number of interesting resources. One that stood out to me was a paper by Prof Claire Davies, School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham where she goes through materials used in sporting goods. Hat's off to this organization. If you know of other resources for learning about materials tweet it to us! @inventables