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Hello everybody,

While looking up something slingshot-related, I stumbled across this interesting article from 2017 about rubber with added graphene to make it highly breakage resistant:

https://www.businessinsider.com/graphene-unbreakable-rubber-bands-2017-8?r=US&IR=T

"Business Insider" is a serious source of information as far as I know.

(Quote) " The world's largest manufacturer of rubber bands is making its main product immortal."

Alliance Rubber Co., a 94-year-old company based out of Hot Springs, Arkansas, has announced a new partnership with British researchers to infuse graphene into its rubber bands."

Like many of you, I wanted to know what graphene actually is:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphene

(Quote) "Graphene is an allotrope (form) of carbon consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice.[1][2] It is a semimetal with small overlap between the valence and the conduction bands (zero bandgap material).[3] It is the basic structural element of many other allotropes of carbon, such as graphite, diamond, charcoal, carbon nanotubes and fullerenes."

OK...very strong stuff, in other words. Sounds promising at first sight.

An interesting development for slingshot shooters? Any specialists out there?
 

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According to the Alliance website, we may be pulling bands off veggies in the future.

"Products created through this research will continue Alliance's position as a leader in rubber technology. The research program will focus on a rubber sensor product to be attached to produce. The band will change colors when the produce reaches a certain temperature or after a certain amount of time passes after harvest. Graphene products would also have the ability to act as a bar code for ease at grocery store checkout. Potential applications also include a band embedded with RFID tags that could be placed around credit/debit cards to prevent hackers from accessing personal information."

https://www.rubberband.com/news-events/65/alliance-rubber-company-partners-with-university-to-infuse-graphene-into-rubber-bands
 

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Very interesting, thanks for posting.
 

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I would love some very long lasting bands. That said, rubber is quite cheap anyway :)
 

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I find this to be an interesting concept. I for one would love the chance to put some to the test. Just imagine, half the bandwidth, twice the fps, and indestructible as well.
 

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This has come up once or twice before. An intriguing idea but I'm more than skeptical. Lots of buzzwords and the intent of creating longer lasting rubber bands has usually resulted in really poor speeds (slow band retraction) as a result. The alliance crepe variety comes to mind, low to no latex content means no speed.

Looking forward to seeing some tests though!
 
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