Polaroid is re-innovating the instant analogue film design. The innovation is meant to improve shelf-life, the quality of the print and reduce scrap. Fraunhofer Project Center (FPC), now known as the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Advanced Manufacturing (FIP-AM@UT) at the University of Twente, worked together with Polaroid to solving a unique new material that required material understanding and research capabilities.
Sometimes when you look to solve one problem, you end up solving another. Consider the injection moulding process: when a plastic part comes off a machine, it needs to be cleaned up by removing excess material that is critical to the process (around the gate for example) but not required on the part itself. If this material removal can be done inside the injection moulding machine then you would not only reduce the number of steps but most likely improve the part quality as well.