Polymorph is a non-toxic, biodegradable polyester with a low melting temperature of about 60°C (140°F). Prototype plastic parts can be made by simply heating the plastic beads in hot water until they turn clear and then kneading them together and shaping by hand. When it cools it becomes a nylon-like white plastic. Polymorph can be re-used by simply re-heating and re-shaping. Plastic beads are supplied in a heat-sealed plastic bag to prevent spillage during transport.
So what do you do with it? Robotics, small-parts prototyping, arts/crafts, there's almost no end to what you can do with this stuff. We had a blast playing with it here at SparkFun. Try embedding LEDs into it for a cool diffuse glow effect.
Note: Although Polymorph melts at around 60°C (140°F), it is more workable at hotter temperatures, like around 180-200°F.
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Pro tip: “You can make it to any shape you want using anything you want as a mold, just put aluminium foil between the polymorph and the shape. The polymorph won’t stick to the aluminum foil.”
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Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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I first say the shipping of mu order was really fast, so that was great.
The polymorph is a very unique product. I love the way it so easily converts to other forms.
It is very pliable and easy to work with and mold to other shapes. It maybe sets or solidifies too fast. But then it is just as easy to re-shape it. In a nut shell, I love it. Lots of fun working with it. I would purchase it again if the need arises. Thank you, Janice
Easy to work with, easy to clean up, reusable, sturdy. Good for projects that you don't have time to make a good enclosure for.
I've repaired a visor in my car, flash stand, bottle cap and now made some shelf brackets for a cabinet in the kitchen. This stuff is great to play and work with