3. How long will it take and what will it cost?
It won’t come as a surprise when we tell you that it depends. It depends on the complexity of your requirements, the extremes that you want to take the material to, and the (inter)national standards that you need to meet. More than anything, it depends on what it’s worth to you.
A material that solves a problem can provide far more return than the cost of developing and testing it. If a minor tweak to an existing compound is all that’s needed, it will be quick and reasonably inexpensive aside from some testing – which you could undertake yourself if you have the set-up. If the aim is a conceptually novel material for use in extreme environments with a complex combination of properties, then it may need substantial development time from our rubber polymer consultants, with ongoing testing and re-development.