The Devil Strip: What's better than tape? Electrostatically-spun fibers, this Akron startup says.

The Devil Strip: What's better than tape? Electrostatically-spun fibers, this Akron startup says.

After launching online in December 2018, Akron Ascent now offers a number of products with their ShearGrip technology, including the “Pinless” line, a series of products including inkjet and laser printer-friendly photo paper, bulletin and dry erase boards with the ShearGrip backing.

Electrostatically-spun fibers have been around since the first half of the 20th century, when they were used in smoke-filtering masks. But no one thought to use the process to create an alternative to wall hangings or tape — until UA professor Dr. Shing-Chung “Josh” Wong took a close look at electrostatically-spun fibers and thought, “‘That looks like a gecko’s foot,’” says COO Kevin White.

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