CR4 - The Engineer's Place for News and Discussion ®


Plastics Fabrication Blog

Plastics Fabrication

The Plastics Fabrication Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about materials and components, molding machinery and processes, extrusion and machining, and energy and environment in the plastics industry. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Previous in Blog: Printing into Thin Air  
Close
Close
Close

Sunlight Powers Oscillating Film

Posted September 03, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Scientists are working on a film that oscillates when exposed to visible, unprocessed sunlight. What makes this film different from others, however, is how it reacts to the light (video). Instead of using sunlight as a stimulus, the film taps sunlight as a continuous energy source. This feature could lead to applications such as soft actuators or self-cleaning coatings.


Editor's Note: This news brief was brought to you by the Plastics Fabrication eNewsletter. Subscribe today to have content like this delivered to your inbox.

Reply

Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.
Guru

Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 5377
Good Answers: 521
#1

Re: Sunlight Powers Oscillating Film

09/03/2016 6:07 PM

Maybe you could use a lens to cast an image on a sensor made of this material. A blind person might use it to feel the vibrations against his skin.

Reply
Reply to Blog Entry
Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Previous in Blog: Printing into Thin Air  

Advertisement