What are Smart Materials? Online links – 1st glance

What are Smart Materials? Online links – 1st glance

How Shape-Memory Materials Remember – with some diverse examples

See various posts by others on the question above. From Shape Memory Polymers (SMP), Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) and Shape Memory Foam (SMF) to novel applications and conference calls.

I will be posting more on definitive definitions, types and designers and engineer’s items of interest of these materials including ‘Shape Memory Materials’ (SMM). This will be followed by a book on the topic.


FYI: Various related this blog:

Shape Memory Material Blog (also Smart Materials)

Design for Disassembly Blog   but it’s a cross blog topic:

What “could be” …. current R&D and master website:


Shape Memory Polymers (SMPs) – Current Research and Future Applications

Professor Wei Min Huang has been doing some great work lately. I’ve been looking over his work in the last while. He has a nice collection of work using ‘Shame Memory Polymers’ (SMP).

I use SMP in some of the ‘Active Disassembly’ (AD) technology I work with.

I highly recommend looking at Prof. Huang’s work here:


You can also see more on this at:



Laptop Disassembly: complex as they get

In the Design for Disassembly blog, I started a new laptop disassembly study. This will be the first of many on this study.

After 1000s disassembly experiments over the last 20 years, .I thought it would be a good time to revisit the procedure on the most complex laptop I could find. Why?  What better way  to investigate and hone the DfD process.
Stay tuned in the future for an unabridged ‘Design for X’ (DfX) strategy book or set of books.



Dr. Joseph Chiodo

Active Disassembly and Nokia on Fastcompany.com

A write up from my work with Nokia. I seem to have missed this article then. The whole piece can be found here.

Directly from the piece: ARIEL SCHWARTZ | 03-14-2011

Design for Disassembly

As a detoxification strategy, design for disassembly is concerned primarily with disassembling computers and cell phones easily into their component parts in order to ensure that heavy metals do not end up in landfills.

Active disassembly is a method of disassembling products into their separate components by creating gadgets that can break apart just by being exposed to heat or magnetism. It allows for a clean, nondestructive, quick and efficient method of component separation. This saves money, and the materials can be recovered more efficiently.

Utilizing active disassembly, Nokia has created a prototype of a cell phone that dissembles itself in two seconds. Today, most cell phones and other small electronics are shredded instead of taken apart for recycling, because the disassembly time is too expensive for the amount of material reclaimed.


(Active) Disassembly and Facebook after the IPO

So what does AD and Facebook have in common? Well nothing… yet. That is, what could any large technology software based company have with AD? Perhaps Google has done for software (turned hardware) what others may do in the future. RIM (BlackBerry) too has been ‘kind of’ successful at doing both… well almost if it wasn’t for of late.

Competition is rising for social media products as is for the hardware presented. Markets are shrinking and costs of production have reached bottom and trended upward over the last year. And this is due to commodity costs. Critical materials, especially rare earth elements and precious metals cost much more than a few short years ago. Even the oil required to make the polymer components has doubled. Sustainability is as much to do with purchasing power as it does with that purchased.

What if Facebook designed a cell phone, a tablet or a computer that was sold, returned and remanufactured in the West? What if the remanufactured goods were designed in such a state that by using in situ components, production costs could be slashed?

I’m not saying it’s cheaper or practical yet, it isn’t when currency valuations make production so cheap in S.E.Asia. But how long will this go on for? The possibilities are endless. Industrial Design, Engineering, Active Disassembly, Design for Disassembly, Eco Design, Remanufacture and Facebook could have an answer – just saying.

My 1st attempt at blogging ever! – Design for Disassembly & Eco-Design enthusiasts

Design for Disassembly & Eco-Design Enthusiasts


Fastest growing segment of recycling: e-cycling in USA


Rare Earths making the idea of disassembly and recycling an even more complicated issue.

The Journal of Remanufacturing

This Springer Journal is accepting papers for review.

The Journal of Remanufacturing is a new academic journal dedicated to the topic areas around Remanufacturing.

See: About the Journal of Remanufacturing for details!