The Secret Story of Stuff: Materials of the Modern Age
Documentary. Designer and engineer Zoe Laughlin explores the world of material science, uncovering the innovations in manufacturing that are set to change the world we live in.
Welcome to the magical world of materials, where designer, materials engineer and enthusiast Zoe Laughlin explores the stuff that shapes the world around us. Everything, from the cars we drive to the clothes we wear is manufactured from something. From her workshop at the Institute of Making, Zoe travels the country to discover the alchemy behind the latest developments in the science of those materials. Everlasting dental crowns are being 3D printed in Loughborough. In Chester, vets are repairing broken bones with porous metals. New textiles with thread 8 times stronger than cotton is the latest revolution in fashion and in London, fungus is being used to make a self extinguishing insulation that could revolutionise the construction industry. Bringing these wondrous material innovations back to her workshop Zoe puts them through their paces and in the process reveals why now is the most exciting time to be exploring this Stuff.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
|Producer||Eva Maria Spielvogel|
|Production Manager||Lucy Gardner|
|Off-line editing||Nadia Iqbal|
|Executive Producer||Jeremy Lee|
|Executive Producer||Alan Holland|
|On-line editing||Chris Batham|