Talk:Living hinge

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What's Mems? It links to a disambiguation page, and the results don't reflect this article. --Kevin 21:38, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

Relation to plastic hinge[edit]

It appears that plastic hinge refers to anything which is given a hinge using the same method as this living hinge is, but at the same time it looks as if both articles describe the same concept. Is a living hinge limited to plastic only? If not, then I recommend a merge. Zab (talk) 04:51, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

The Plastic hinge article refers to both a particular method of mechanical failure and an earthquake engineering device; this article is about a particular type of mechanical joint. The mechanical failure known as plastic hinge operates on the same physical principles as a living hinge, the difference is that a living hinge is constructed for a purpose and plastic hinge is a failure mode. Kierkkadon (talk) 19:56, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
Many living hinges are made of wood or wood-based fibreboards (mostly made by laser cutting). Not all "living hinges" are polymer hinges.
Plastic hinge is a reasonable scope for an article, provided that we appreciate it refers to plastic (as in plastic deformation) rather than plastic as in polymer. I'm not seeing anything particualry earthquake specific in it – the device described is a mechanical construction, not some means by with tectonic plates buckle and bend. Andy Dingley (talk) 23:19, 7 January 2013 (UTC)


I'm sorry, living hinges are fragile hinges. Cloth, leather, and thin plastic are not load bearing. While they may last "the life of the part", part life must be short. Anyone using worn leather or old plastic will have had 0-cost living hinges fail (wallets, purses, belts, automotive plastic, etc). The article reads like a glowing advertisement for these short-lived no-cost hinges. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:13, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

Explanation of term needed[edit]

What conceivable basis is there for the term "living hinge". As opposed to what? A "dead hinge"? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:44B8:31E3:8800:C030:4915:EBD4:C0CA (talk) 09:41, 18 April 2016 (UTC)