Sugru: Great for Prototyping and mock-ups
Sugru is a material that I recently found and it appears to be a great one to pick up for prototyping.
Though you could form your entire product from this stuff, that may not be the best approach.
The easiest way to describe this stuff is to copt and paste from their website: “sugru is the new self-setting rubber for fixing, modifying and improving your stuff”
Basically, the way I understand it is: This is an advanced version of play dough that you mould by hand, will stick to most surfaces, is waterproof, and will harden to a rubber/silicon like substance within 30min.
The way I envision us using this stuff:
- Forming models and mockups of your ideas. Much like a clay model but actually functional.
- Adding design or features to existing products out on the market. Nothing like making money from improving someone else’s designs.
- Adding material, colour, or features to your own prototypes that you’ve had 3D printed or machined. You always get the big idea once your item is delivered.
- Repairing your gear, whether household items or outdoor gear. Being able to fix cracks, broken off parts, or seal to make waterproof is always a great benefit.
Once I get my hands on some and try it out, I will report back with the things I’ve been able to accomplish with this stuff. Until then, try some out yourself and let me know what you make of it.