Scientists have developed plastic that can regenerate itself after being damaged. Mimicking the method animals use to heal puncture wounds by sending blood to clot at the flesh break, they gave their plastic embedded capillary passages to transport the repair materials to the site of the damage. To accomplish this, a special two-component plastic which can gel almost immediately, then build up slowly until the damage is repaired, was developed. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Dvice reports: “Practical applications for this technology might include everything from self-healing car bumpers to structures that are difficult to actively repair, like underground pipes and spacecraft. The researchers also say that they see a future where any plastic can be continually repairing itself over its lifetime, extending its life by reducing the natural breakdown the plastics suffer from due to age.”