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Memory Foam: An Interesting Past-A Bright Future

As our space program becomes privatized, it may be a good time to consider all of the products that we have today because of space research. They include freeze dried meals, home blood pressure kits, non-stick cooking surfaces, hand-held vacuum cleaners, marathon runner blankets and memory foam.

Memory foam, also known in the industry as visco foam, visco elastic foam, temper foam, slow-recovery foam, and low-resilience polyurethane (LRP) was first created in 1966 by a NASA research center. The foam was initially designed to make safer aircraft cushions. It was first called "slow spring back foam" but because it was temperature sensitive, one of its original creators first referred to it as temper-foam. The foam is made by feeding gas into a polymer matrix in a very specific way. Visco foam, visco elastic foam, temper foam, slow-recovery foam, and low-resilience polyurethane (LRP) was first created in 1966 by a NASA research center. The foam was initially designed to make safer aircraft cushions. It was first called "slow spring back foam" but because it was temperature sensitive, one of its original creators first referred to it as temper-foam. The foam is made by feeding gas into a polymer matrix in a very specific way.

Visco elastic foam was not only initially used for aircraft cushions, but for x-ray table mats and inside football helmets. In the 1980's when NASA released temper-foam into the public domain, the process of properly making it was still a challenge, especially compared to other types of foams. This made it very expensive and few companies took on the task of processing it and using it.

Today, the processes for creating the open cell foam formulations have improved to the point of stabilization across the industry  been improved to the point where more companies are confident in using it and fabricating it. Our processes create, what we feel, is a superior product at affordable prices.

Along with better processes and lower prices, memory foam is now being used in more products than ever. You can find visco elastic foam being used in mattresses, pillows, and furniture. It is an excellent material for shock and sound absorption. It is used in a range of business sectors including aircraft, marine, medical, furniture and hospitality. Visco elastic foam being used in mattresses, pillows, and furniture. It is an excellent material for shock and sound absorption. It is used in a range of business sectors including aircraft, marine, medical, furniture and hospitality.

As improvements continue to be made in the production of visco elastic foam, the future for the material looks bright. It has an amazing amount of applications due to its versatility. It is light weight and cushioning. It is flexible and mildew resistant. Visco elastic foam has a low thermal conductivity, low water vapor transmission and is resilient. While many are used to seeing this product manufactured in a traditional yellow color, it can be produced in a wide selection of hues. You can order memory foam in blues, greens, oranges, pinks, yellows and, if you prefer, white visco elastic foam, the future for the material looks bright. It has an amazing amount of applications due to its versatility. It is light weight and cushioning. It is flexible and mildew resistant. Visco elastic foam has a low thermal conductivity, low water vapor transmission and is resilient. While many are used to seeing this product manufactured in a traditional yellow color, it can be produced in a wide selection of hues. You can order memory foam in blues, greens, oranges, pinks, yellows and, if you prefer, white.

From its high-tech beginnings in the space program to uses as bedding, sound proofing and even packing material, visco elastic foam is becoming increasing widely used. When you need memory foam fabricated for your specific application, we invite you to contact us at Merryweather Foam. We offer a variety of visco elastic foam in stock in bun and sheet form. Visco elastic foam is becoming increasing widely used. When you need memory foam fabricated for your specific application, we invite you to contact us at Merryweather Foam. We offer a variety of visco elastic foam in stock in bun and sheet form.

The next time you come across this remarkably versatile foam, remember its roots and its applications. We also hope you will remember Merryweather Foam as your supplier of visco elastic or memory foam. We look forward to working with you! 

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