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Catalog Number 2016.001.001
Description Raychem Magic Shape-memory Alloy (SMA) Club, c. 1957-1999. A thin, gray metal alloy wire. The metal alloy is Tinel which is a combination of nickel and titanium. One end of the wire is bent in the shape of a club. Club shape consists of three bulbs and a square-shaped end. From the square end, the wire continues two inches with a slight curve. The wire is kept in a small, flat plastic bag. Inside the package, is a white card with writing in black and red ink. Top, front of the card reads "Raychem" in white writing on a red rectangle. Below that is the product name and description in black ink. The back of the card describes in black ink how the product works: "Raychem's Tinel TM Club wire / uses the magic of shape / memory alloys to remember / its shape no matter how you / bend it!"
Object Name Fastener
Collection 3D - Multiple Use Tools & Equipment for Materials
Title Raychem Magic Shape-memory Alloy (SMA) Club, c. 1957-1999
Date c. 1957-1999
Creator Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "Raychem" (on white card in white letters in a red rectangle at the top of the front side); "The Magic SMA* Club" (in bold black letters below rectangle); "Raychem's Tinel TM Club wire / uses the magic of shape / memory alloys to remember / its shape no matter how you / bend it!" (black ink middle of front); "*S M A = / Shape Memory Alloy" (in black in, bottom of front); "Just deform the wire when / cold and the heat of a match / (150 F) is the magic which / 'transforms' the bent piece / back to its memory phase." ( in black ink, middle back); "Raychem Corporations / Melo Park, CA 94025" (white writing in black rectangle, back); "H04157" (black in below black rectangle).
Notes "Shape-memory alloys (SMA) are a unique family of metals with the ability to change shape-and return to their original shape--depending on their temperature."
[ 1/13/2016]

"Raychem was founded on January 1, 1957. It grew rapidly by creating proprietary new products based on Radiation processing of polymers to meet critical and difficult industry needs for electrical circuit integrity in harsh environments. Included in these initial products were irradiated wire insulation and heat shrinkable tubing. Markets included Aerospace, Military, Automotive, Telecommunications and Electrical Power Generation markets.
"In 1968, Raychem acquired Chemelex leading Raychem to extend its radiation polymer processing technology to polymers filled with conductive carbon creating a family of "Self Limiting Heaters". This technology was further extended to produce resettable switches forming the enabling technology for the "Polyswitch" Division.
"As Raychem grew into a world class Material Science Company, additional technologies explored, developed and taken to market were Heat Recoverable Metals, Piezoelectric Materials (Elographics), Silicone Gels (Geltek) and Liquid Crystals (Taliq).
"Each year, Raychem devoted between 8 and 10 percent of sales into Research and Development resulting in thousands of new products based on the technologies listed above. Research and Product Development labaratories, in addition to Menlo Park and Redwood City were established in Swindon, UK, Kessel-Lo, Belgium, Ottobrunn, Germany, Pontois, France and Japan.
"Manning these laboratories were an extremely creative and talented group of scientists and engineers who found innovative ways to use technologies to create new products."
[ 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-3.25 W-1.5 D-2.5 inches
Dimension Details In bag
Search Terms Industrial Objects
Menlo Park
Subjects Heat
Industrial productivity