Photopolymers are light-sensitive materials that harden or change their properties when exposed to specific wavelengths of light, commonly used in 3D printing and lithography.

These materials have a variety of applications, including in the medical field for prosthetics and in the automotive industry for parts manufacturing. Photopolymers are also used in the creation of stamps, rapid prototyping, and even in the production of solar panels. Their ability to quickly change states under controlled light conditions makes them highly versatile for industrial applications. Research continues to explore new uses for photopolymers, including in sustainable energy solutions.

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