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The Invention Of The Acrylic Nail

Za'Kazia Morgan Period 2
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Za'Kazia Morgan

on 9 October 2012

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photo (cc) Malte Sörensen @ flickr Acrylic Nails Over Time Other than Fred Slack, his brother, Tom Slack helped as well & they launched "Patti Nails" together. It is also said that Dr. Stuart Nordstrom, also a dentist, improved on the "artificial nail" in 1978. He invented "SolarNail", a stronger, more flexible nail that didn't show up as a yellowish color when dried, leaving a more natural looking finished product. He then started the CNE (Creative Nail Design) company. While there is no biography on Fred , Tom or Stuart, it is know that Stuart is still alive & well today. Acrylic Nail History The Invention Of the Acrylic Nail By: Za'Kazia Morgan Fundamentals Of Engineering & Technology
Period 2 The Acrylic nail was first introduced in 1954. A dentist by the name of Fred Slack broke his fingernail at work and decided to try and temporarily replaced the nail using solid foil as the base. To his surprise, the nail looked natural. After further experimenting, he & his brother formed "Patti Nails" - the first acrylic used for mail styling. The acrylic used to make acrylic nails was patented by Menda Scientific Productions on December 1, 1988. Who else contributed to the invention of Acrylic? Acrylic Nails: What are they? Acrylic nails are an extension of the nail, made usually of acrylic. It can be seen as an accessory of the hand: it's used to express one's creativity & it holds nail polish better than regular nails. When it was first used, acrylic nails were made with Methyl methacrylate liquid monomers (MMA), but they were banned by the FDA in the 1970's for it's potential to cause nail damage and/or infection. Ethyl methacrylate (EMA) acrylics are now use, in a powder & liquid form, to link together & make an artificial exterior (nail) on top of polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA (glue-on nail) which is glued on top of one's nail. Acrylic As a Technology Acrylic would be considered a Manufacturing technology because it's turning raw material (EMA liquid & powder, PMMA) into something that can be used in everyday life. This would fall under the Information Age since it was made in the 1900's. This invention would not be an input to any technological system. Acrylic As an Invention In the case of Fred and Tom Slack, the invention of the acrylic nail would be a Social invention, since it was used to fix the appearance of broken nails. For Stuart Nordstrom it would've been a Leisure invention since he experimented with the use of acrylic after a comment one of his patients said. Impact On Society Looking back at history, long nails and fake nails were always a symbol of status. Even as time passed, only celebrities were able to get their nails done. With the invention of acrylic nails, the look of luxury was made affordable & anyone could have a manicured hand. The nail has also been used as a way to express creativity & make a point. The use of the acrylic nail could be a symbol for power and freedom, or could just be an accessory. Either way, everyone has the opportunity to choose what they want acrylic to stand for. The END
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