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The mechanical properties of man-made polymeric materials have been optimized for their use in all kinds of products for decades. This Insight explores polymer research that focuses on developing materials with more advanced features. The aim is to deliver longer-lasting and more-sustainable polymers, next-generation materials for biomedical research and therapeutic applications, and materials that will further revolutionize 3D printing.