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    "New revolutionary material can be worked like glass"

    http://www2.cnrs.fr/en/1932.htm

    Has anybody else seen this yet? Seems like it would have some use in Surfboard manufacturing. If anything it would make ding repair a hell of a lot easier. Anyone want to make me a travel board out of this stuff?

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    wow. just read that. that really is incredible. bet ya 6 pack that channel islands and ...lost pick up on this in the coming months/ years

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    There's gonna have to be a whole lotta testing before the surfboard industry buys in. Look at how long it took epoxy to finally gain acceptance... like, 30 years? There are many more open minds today, but there are still some huge hurdles.

    Aesthetics (sadly). If it's not transparent and colorless, and if it doesn't take to tints and pigments, people won't like the way it looks.

    Flex. Surfers are very picky about flex. If it doesn't feel like a traditional board, it will be VERY slow to catch on.

    Hardness. How will it sand? If it heats up under a pad, will it get soft, gum up or melt?

    Other mechanical properties. What good is heating and re-shaping a material if the matrix it's used in can't be reshaped. Surfboard skins are a matrix of resin and fibers.

    Chemical properties. Will it bond well to other materials (reinforcing fibers, plastics, etc.)? Will it bond well to itself or other layers of similar material?

    Still, it should be interesting how this technology develops...

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    Yeah I guess there's a lot about it that needs to be figured out about it before it's used for much of anything.

    It's all greek to me--any chemical engineers out there want to comment upon the likelihood that it's useful for surfing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    There's gonna have to be a whole lotta testing before the surfboard industry buys in. Look at how long it took epoxy to finally gain acceptance... like, 30 years? There are many more open minds today, but there are still some huge hurdles.

    Aesthetics (sadly). If it's not transparent and colorless, and if it doesn't take to tints and pigments, people won't like the way it looks.

    Flex. Surfers are very picky about flex. If it doesn't feel like a traditional board, it will be VERY slow to catch on.

    Hardness. How will it sand? If it heats up under a pad, will it get soft, gum up or melt?

    Other mechanical properties. What good is heating and re-shaping a material if the matrix it's used in can't be reshaped. Surfboard skins are a matrix of resin and fibers.

    Chemical properties. Will it bond well to other materials (reinforcing fibers, plastics, etc.)? Will it bond well to itself or other layers of similar material?

    Still, it should be interesting how this technology develops...
    Yea this is what I meant. They probably would buy some of this stuff up and make prototypes and test them in different situations. I wonder if they could mix it in with some of the resins and fibers to make them more durable without making it entirely out of this new stuff