Sugru, a moldable clay-like rubber that air-cures into a durable, flexible, waterproof and insulating rubber can now be bought at the Makerbot Store. This material is moldable by hand for about 30 minutes. During those 30 minutes it can be manually affixed more or less permanently to almost any surface. After 24 hours it has completely cured, but it’s still flexible. It hardens into a flexible form. The best part about printing with Sugru is that it can bond tightly to ABS parts. This way you can quickly assemble small printed parts.
Some of Makerbot’s ideas for the use of Sugru:
- Cell phone and GPS holders and charging stands that won’t scratch the delicate casings of our favorite electronics
- Rubberized lens cap covers that are gentle near optics
- Nosepads for your printed glasses
- Or, a rubber baby buggy bumper?
This material is fantastic! The inventors are from the UK and they have a great website where they explain the development of Sugru. Make sure you read their story.