Micro-suction tape offers an alternative to most adhesive products like glue and tape by using a layer of microscopic suction cups, each a tiny bubble cut in half that when pressure is applied act together to grip with a lot of force.

The black tape looks like a piece of bog standard black rubber but it’s holding force is amazing, a 5 square centimeters and it will be difficult to remove any thing small if you don’t have a good grip.

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Features

  • Acts as a strong adhesive
  • Leaves no residue
  • Only loses ability to grip if it gets dirty.
  • Can be reused over and over again.

Constraints

  • More expensive than adhesives like tape or glue
  • Only works on smooth surfaces like glass or metal.
  • Stops working when dirty and grips clean surfaces best.
  • Not adhesive to human skin or fabrics.

Manufacture and Fabrication

The tape comes in varying thicknesses, from 0.1mm – 0.5mm the suction seems to be greater on 0.5mm tape but not to a large degree. The adhesive backing is very strong and hard to remove and the tape was supplied in A4 sheets. The tape can easily be cut to shape with scissors or a knife.

Examples

Common misconception is that the material functions in the same way that Geckos feet function and the tape is often sold under the connotation as shown in the video below. This is not true Gecko’s work in a much more complex way using high surface area and a van der waals force to grip surfaces allowing them to grip rough uneven surfaces. The is a tape based on that but it is yet to become commercially available.

 

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