Smart Materials Kit
Smart Materials Kit


For a taste of smart materials to satisfy your "smart" crafting craving, the wonderful folks at Make put together a smart materials starter kit.

What you get:

• Fashioning Technology, by Syuzi Pakhchyan (a $29.99 value)
• ¼ oz Phosphorescent Powder (it glows in the dark!)
• 10g of Photochromic powder, Blue (it changes color in different lights)
• 10g of Photochromic powder, Yellow (it changes color in different lights)
• 10g of Thermochromic powder (it changes color at different temps)
• 2 feet of shape memory wire (it contracts when heated)
• 5 crimp beads (to control the shape memory wire)
• 2 ounces of polymorph plastic (heat it in hot water - mold it into whatever you want).

Thermochromic powder
Thermochromic powder in Smart Materials Kit


With this kit you get a sampling of the various smart powders (mix with the appropriate transparent base of your choice) to get a smart ink.

Photochromic Ink
Textile example printed with photochromic ink


Also for all of you curious about Nitinol, you can begin experimenting with shape memory alloys and textiles (the crimp beads are included).

Polymorph plastic
Polymorph plastic ready to be sculpted


Lastly, if you've never played with polymorph plastic, I guarantee that you'll quickly get hooked. Polymorph is a great way to sculpt unique forms in seconds that are durable as any plastic. Best part, if you don't like what you make, simply re-heat and start again!


Example of a hand-sculpted flower (and LED light) creating using polymorph.


Fashioning Technology includes all the basic primers and info you need to begin working with these amazing materials.

Smart Materials Kit
available at the Maker Shed for $65

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Comment by paulina Martinez on October 24, 2009 at 11:24am
i really like all the projects you have done, i found myself very interested on the thermochromatic and photochromatic inks and in buying your materials kit, but there are some doubts i want to clarify before getting it... do i need a special ink or chemicals to mix with the thermo and photo powders? and how are these apply in on what medias??
Comment by Syuzi on August 26, 2009 at 10:20pm
Comment by Stacey on August 25, 2009 at 7:31am
where can you buy this kit?
Comment by Syuzi on March 26, 2009 at 2:40pm
I talked to the folks at Make and they are going to try to make the Smart Materials Kit available without the book for those of you who have the book already. I don't have an ETA yet but will blog about it when it becomes available.

Meanwhile, you can purchase phosphorescent powder (glow in the dark) for $27 a pound from McLogans. That's a lot of powder to mix with your ink and is certainly cheaper than the prices you have been quoted.

If you need small quantities of thermo, photo, and phosphorescent inks you can get them from Mutr. Unfortunately, they are located in UK.

Steven, why don't you write a blog post about wanting to pool together for these inks in your local area and I can feature it on the main page. That way people will be able to see it.
Comment by Steven Chau on March 26, 2009 at 2:02pm
A Midwest screening supply vendor just got back to me about these specialty inks. The smallest unit that is sold is 1 quart, which is way more than I need for experimentation. The pricing is listed below. For some reason, Union Ink doesn't carry thermochromic ink, but I want to believe that is a mistake.

Vendor: Union Ink
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1 qt
Phophosures -- $70
Photochromatic -- $68
Thermochromatic -- none

Speciality Ink Kit
-- 1 pint of each Photochromatic color $80

If anyone else is in the Kansas City region or nearby, would you be interested to pool in for some special inks?
Comment by Syuzi on March 16, 2009 at 9:44pm
I don't have the answer at the moment but I will ask Make if they plan on selling the smart materials apart from the book. I'll get back to you shortly.
Comment by Shannon Henry on March 16, 2009 at 5:26pm
Are there any plans to create a 'refill' version of this kit? I'd love to get my hands on the materials samples, but I already have the book...




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