Since the beginning of civilization humans have used every resource we can get our hands on, meteorites included. A recent…

3D printing has come a long way quickly, new materials keeps being added to those that can be printed with…

Some fluids get more solid under force, this fluids are often described as non-Newtonian and act in weird and wonderful…

I’ve worked on the light touch matters project for the last two years. The outcome is this thin film like material…

This polyester is warp knitted and is something quite special. There’s next to nothing making up the material but it…

This concrete is impregnated with special inks that stop the surface from curing, allowing for intricate patterns to be created changing…

One of the few materials I know of that grows to fit molds, mycelium is a material made from the…

One of my favorite wood like samples this material feels like a hard wood lumber, it has the weight and…

  An interesting take on fibre reinforced materials, this polypropylene sheet is reinforced with a lattice structure made from polypropylene.

This pressed wood sheet is made from 100% celluslose fibre. Coming in sheets it can be cut and shaped like…

Bright Green is an awesome preserved moss where all the water has been replaced with glycine so it does not…

Schott’s glass is flexible, highly scratch resistant glass which a competitor of Corning’s more well known Gorilla Glass.

Phase change materials can manipulate heat in really special way. They slowly absorb heat feeling unnaturally cool on the skin…

Luminoso is a really satisfying material to behold, the light punching through the apparently solid wood grabs your attention immediately….

Flexiramics looks and bends like paper tissue, but it’s fireproof and non-conducting.

How can a material heal itself back to it’s original state, fixing scratches and sealing small holes? Well for some polymers…

Flexible, transparent and conductive this innovation uses metallic glass to provide an entirely new material option. Metal glass is a tricky…

So for a while I worked packing freshly roasted coffee beans into kilogram bags. After packing my ten thousandth kilo it…

Plastic that can remember it’s prior shape after remoulding at low temperature, will return to this shape if heated again.

Decorative leather with a thin layer of polyurethane embedded in the top of the leather to improve abrasion resistance and…

Polyester reinforced with layers of carefully aligned glass fibre.

Pigments that react to light by changing colour on exposure

A pressed collection of organic material held together by an organic binder which allows the natural scents to be released.

Nitinol wire is a shape memory alloys (SMAs) are a smart material that can ‘remember’ a shape. SMAs will try…

Foam that expands when exposed to high heat and after exposure chars stopping heat conduction.

A highly insulating foam made from recycled glass which can withstand impressive temperature ranges. This material looks like block of grey…

Fabric impregnated with fibre optic strands, appears like a normal fabric lights up when led is shone into the fibres.

Oil impregnated with tiny iron fillings, reacts to the presence of electrical currents by attaching to the magnetic field and becoming…

Faraday film is a clear plastic film that has a conductive coating that can be made into circuits by scratching the…

You (water) shall pass Source: Super Permeable Concrete Drains 4000 Litres of Water in 60 Seconds «TwistedSifter

These are panels of plastic with a thin layer of electro luminescent coating that emits light when electrically charged.

Eco film is a broad term for a type of film that completely degrades in cool water. The material is…

Lifocork is a plastic that contains shredded cork to gives it a nice cork texture and reduces the use of…

Polypropylene filled with 30-50% natural fibre, making stonger and stiffer than most plastics

Small spheres of sintered metal, with a very high strength weight ratio.

Electronically conductive ink. Functions like a wiring when dry  and can be painted on flat surfaces for quick results. 

Up to 50% of this stretch plastic is derived from rapeseed oil but it remains a strong and flexible plastic capable…

Plastic with a melting point of 42°C allowing forming. Allows forming at low temperatures and easy remoulding.

Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are a smart material that can ‘remember’ a shape. SMAs will try an return to a remembered…

Dry-Inside has an apparently unique property, water can only move through it in one direction.

Micro-suction tape offers an alternative to most adhesive products like glue and tape by using a layer of microscopic suction…

Source: A startup that grows metal expands with money from Founders Fund – Fortune

Source: Zero Cement Masonry for Carbon Neutral Construction

D3O is a material with a rare feature when impacted upon it becomes harder and more rigid while being flexible…

Tyvek is a flashspun sheet of HDPE fibres, this can feel anywhere between a cloth and paper. Both are very…

Bamboo fibres are emerging as more eco friendly alternative to cotton but how does it measure up.

Thermochromic pigment is a smart material which changes color in reaction to differences in heat.

Bamboo is a material with some extreme capabilities and can equal steel for strength.

Concrete can be reinforced by weaving fibres into the material producing a material with improved properties.

Super light steel composite, can be shaped and formed more easily by sacrificing some strength and hardness.

A weave of carbon fibers in a resin creates one a material with one of the highest strength to weight…

LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene) is perhaps the most common plastic you encounter, it very cheap and can be processed by all…

HDPE (high-density polyethylene) is one of the most used plastics on the planet, it’s got a high strength to weight…

Beech one of the most commonly used hardwoods, looks good can be worked into many shapes and is perfect for…

Piezoceramics are pretty special, the term piezo means that the material generates electricity based upon mechanical stress.