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Mechanical Reticulation Of Polymeric-Based Closed Cell Foams

United States Patent Application

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Polymeric based closed cell foams, such as shape memory polymer foams, contain bubbles. Making these bubbles continuous is called reticulation. Disclosed are embodiments of a device and method to controllably reticulate polymer-based closed cell foams by puncturing the membranes of these polymer-based closed cell foams.
Rodriguez, Jennifer N. (Lathrop, CA), Maitland, Duncan J. (College Station, TX), Wilson, Thomas S. (San Leandro, CA)
15/ 232,619
August 9, 2016
STATEMENT OF FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH [0002] This disclosure was made with government support under R01EB000462 awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The government has certain rights in the invention. Furthermore, the United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.