It's a common practice to twist the copper strands from two or more wires to join them. This process is called crimping. If it wasn't for metal plasticity, the copper wires would spring back to their original state and not maintain the electrical contact that we wanted to create.
An octopus tripod is one of my favorite traveling gadgets. How does an octopus tripod help your camera to climb on a tree or hang on a handrail? Plasticity!
The application of metal is so diverse! It can be as common as spoons and forks on our dining tables, as complex as turbine machines or as delicate as micro bio-mechanical devices.
In this lesson, we discuss two applications of metal plasticity.
Here are the accompanying handout slides for this lesson.