“Photonic Rubber” Nanotechnical material changes color when deformed
It is a high-tech material embedded in a colorless transparent rubber, called "photonic crystal", resonating with light "periodic array of nanoparticles". When it is deformed by pulling or compressing, the particle spacing changes at the nonlevel, and the color changes by shifting the wavelength of reflected light. We are looking for new product design that utilizes this unique material created by National Institute for Materials Science.
Piano coating technology sealing objects
PIAX has been specializing in surface coating for a long time in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. New processing technology sealing various objects has been created while overseas transfer of piano production has decreased piano coating business. By coating complex solid objects such as leaf and cast-off skin, this handicraft coating enables us to paint and solidify them. We are seeking brand new product designs utilizing this unique technology with full of surprise.
Metal Embossing technology using a 3D-Printed Resin Press
Applying pressure to warp metals into the shape of a mold. It's common to use a metallic die for this kind of work, but SWANY and Nakatsuji Kanagata Kogyo (Ltd.) have created a 3D resin printed metal press. With this technology, not only will production costs and time decrease, but thanks to a greater level of detail, a more intricate textured die offers the possibility of more complex molded forms.
New material for Japanese lacquer craftwork
Did you know ‘Japanese lacquer’ was once called ‘japan’ in English? In much the same way as China has remained synonymous with ceramics, so Japan was for her lacquerware. It is the material which represents Japan, the history of which is said to reach back ten thousand years. Japanese lacquer is called a ‘live material’ in that the more you use it, the more it shines, but it has some several serious weak points, such that it is sensitive to dryness and heat. Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute and j's corporation have worked together to deal with this issue, creating a new material which overcomes these weak points, which it markets as ‘New Japan!‘. Now that Tokyo Olympics 2020 is around the corner, we should create a product that represents Japan’s next-generation.
An "Antibacterial plating” 10x more effective than conventional coatings.
KENIFINE™ is a nickel alloy material with characteristics such as antibacterial, antiviral, fungal resistance and algae control. A plating process industrial manufacturer "Sanko Manufacturing Corporation", which has a 60+ year history in Hamamatsu city in Shizuoka prefecture, has obtained a licence for this technology, which was originally developed by Kobe Steel,Ltd. Please propose product designs with new additional values which did not exist before, such as interior, kitchen, stationary, bath/toilet/washing room and pet products.
Mold-less embossing tool, ‘Delitte’
The patterns and prints which have been made using molding tools in the past can now be made using an entirely new process which does not require any molding tools to transcribe patterns. Not only photos and sketches, but tangible materials like leaves or lace curtains can be transcribed, opening an entirely new avenue into narrative through clothing.
Solid wood which doesn't warp by being assembled in shape waves
The town of Tsukechi-cho, Gifu is renowned for its history of woodworking, not least because of the abundance of the renowned Kiso-hinoki cypress tree there. One particular woodworking plant here has developed a processing technique that allows wood to be cut into wave patterns without the wood warping as it does using older techniques.
The new eco-friendly and sustainable substitute for plastic, MAPKA
MAPKA is a new and innovative substitute for plastic. Produced mainly from recycled paper, MAPKA is much more eco-friendly than conventional plastics, but can still be used in traditional plastic moulds. MAPKA is: • Recycled from waste paper traditionally discarded as commercial waste • Manufactured without petroleum products using a unique dry paper grinding technology • Can be disposed of as combustible material • When incinerated, approximately 28% less CO2 is released than with conventional plastics, and does not produce any harmful gases or dioxins.
Technology which transforms magnesium alloy bars and tubes
Working with magnesium is generally regarded to be a difficult process. MACRW Co. Ltd. has challenged this conventional opinion, and has developed their own technology which allows magnesium alloy bars and tubes to be worked into almost any shape and length. We are looking for product designs which use this technology to transform magnesium alloy bars and tubes into household objects.