Self repairing car parts – the fender un-bender

Great innovations are rarely the result of new scientific breakthrough. Over 90% of all innovations are basically combinations of two or more existing things. Why some connections have not been explored up to now never seizes to amaze me.

One of the combinations I expect in the near future are self-repairing body kits. Because basically the building blocks are already here to make it work. How exactly are car manufacturers going to do it? Read on…

Fender benders, or small accidents with only minor damage, happen on a daily basis. Almost everyone driving a car will have its share of them sooner or later. I know I have. The downside of those accidents always leave a dent in your car. And a dent in your ego.

My problem statement
How can I get rid of the dent in my car without anyone knowing?

My solution
Get a hairdryer.

My secret? Shape Memory Polymers


Shape memory polymers (there’s an animation) has been around for some time now. They are basically the materials that will revolutionize the future. Probably you have already encountered similar materials like the alloys that’s used in the titanium frames of some glasses. You can bend them and bend them, but they always go back to their original position. Shape memory polymers is one of those ‘smart materials’ that become flexible when heated and remember their original shape from when they were formed.

Making parts of the body kit out of Shape Memory Polymers would allow us to repair the damage by simply heating the parts that are dented. Upon heating, the parts become flexible and as during the cooling the piece returns to its original shape. Just like when it left the factory. The process can be repeated over and over again. So, no more dents, no more embarassing moments.

Like I stated before, the technology is here, now we only need to use it.



16 Responses to “Self repairing car parts – the fender un-bender”

  1. Auto Man Says:

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    Pretty interesting writeup here.

  2. keith Says:

    it would be great to be able to do so but there will not be a market for this. people like the bodyshops and anyone who makes money off of accidents will stop you. insurences, autobody, hell even lawyers.

  3. Shane Carroll Says:

    I’m actually working on a prototype at this time and have experimented with and thought of various uses and technological advances using memory metals.

  4. Gianluca Says:

    Hi. I’m trying a shape memoryzing material. This material shouldn’t work thanks to heat inputs. In the maximum case, I think, it could work thanks to electric inputs, because I’d like using this for car seats.
    Can you indicate me the name of one of these materials?
    Thanks for availability.
    Gianluca Iannotta

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    But what if you live in Vegas? Say hello to my gelatinous car!

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