Sugru: The Weirdest, Coolest Hacking Material You've Probably Never Heard Of

Sugru: The Weirdest, Coolest Hacking Material You've Probably Never Heard Of

Carrie McBride
Aug 18, 2011

Well, I'd never heard of it anyway. In fact I had to read the "what is this?" section a few times before I understood it. Sugru is a moldable material that sticks to stuff so you can fix things or make them work better for you. The creators of Sugru want to help you hack things better and restore "power to the (handy) people." Here are five hacks from their vast gallery which relate to kids, starting with this child-proof bouncy point-and-shoot camera.

This page on the Sugru website will explain more about what the material is but the quicky version is that it acts like modeling clay - pliable out of the packaging for about 30 minutes (during which time you do your hacking) and then it "cures" (i.e. toughens) over the next 24 hours until it's a strong (but still flexible), waterproof, washable silicone substance. Magic!

You can check out the dozens of customer-submitted Sugru-assisted hacks in their gallery and here are the links to the projects pictured above:

Bouncy Camera (watch the video to see it bounce and check out the tutorial on Instructables)
Train Set Repair
Toy Tractor Wheel Repair
Skateboard Bumper
Spidey-man Foot Surgery

Sugru is fairly cheap - $18 for 12 mini-packs which is a buck fifty per hack.

Readers, have you used Sugru yet? We're curious to hear.

(Images via Sugru)

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