Dec 7, 2023

This patent's legacy endures in every plastic product we use.

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TODAY IN DESIGN 1909

The Dawn of the Plastic Age: Leo Baekeland Patents Bakelite.

On this day, the course of material science and design was irrevocably altered as Leo Baekeland, a Belgian-American inventor, secured a patent for Bakelite. This marked the birth of the modern plastics industry. Bakelite was the first thermosetting plastic, a material that would not melt or reshape once cured, opening up a world of possibilities across various industries.

Bakelite's heat resistance and electrical nonconductivity made it an ideal material for a multitude of uses, ranging from telephones and electrical insulators to jewelry and kitchenware. Its versatility and ease of production heralded a new era of manufacturing and design, symbolizing the move towards modern synthetic materials.

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