In April of this year, the first line of consumer products to use AAI’s ShearGrip® technology was launched at ThePinless.com. The Pinless Collection is a vibrant family of products centered around home décor and organization. These products offer a new solution to an old problem — how to display without damage. With AAI’s new ShearGrip technology, it is possible to have removability and repositionability without sacrificing strength. The product line primarily features high quality paper backings, avoiding synthetic face stocks that are generally less sustainable, may contain harmful additives such as phthalates, and are more difficult to recycle. An additional feature is that the dry adhesive works well with delicate sheets, including paper, greeting cards, and photographs — they can be securely held for extended periods as scrapbooks, or temporarily for events such as birthdays, holidays, or seasonal decoration, and afterward peeled off without damaging the cards. The unique balance of strong grip with removability is not possible with conventional “wet” adhesives that must physically flow into surfaces in order to function.
The Pinless Collection features a variety of products, such as double-sided bulletin and display boards (Pinless Post), to single-sided options, including desktop printable paper (Pinless Pics) and repositionable dry erase boards (Pinless Plus). Each product is aligned with a specific application, but customers are strongly encouraged to use them creatively and find new applications. The initial reception from early adopters has been extremely positive, and efforts are underway to introduce new products and expand product awareness.
The launch follows AAI’s recent scale-up of its nanofiber dry adhesive technology in 2018. “The Pinless Collection is the first line of products positioned directly to consumers,” said AAI Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Kevin White. “This is really meant to showcase what ShearGrip can do. It fits remarkably well with a number of needs in the arts and crafts space, particularly attaching either fragile objects like cards or photos, or mounting on delicate surfaces, like painted drywall and wallpaper. There really isn’t any other product out there like it, and we’re excited to bring it to the consumer. This also highlights our biggest value compared to almost any other nanotechnology product — we can make this at a scale to bring it into the home and for everyday use. It’s not just a DOD project or academic project. We think it has a potential fit in every home, office, daycare, school, and hospital, and are excited to be able to take it out of the lab in a big way.”
For more information on The Pinless Collection, visit ThePinless.com.
ShearGrip is a dry adhesive made from millions of solid, ultra-thin fibers that operate like gecko feet and grab the microscopic contours on surfaces. It makes use of the high surface area and high strength of electrospun nanofibers from a proprietary polymer formulation to provide unique directional adhesive characteristics. This first-of-its-kind dry adhesive can be used to make a wide range of useful products not possible with conventional glues, goos, and tapes. It is not tacky or sticky, which makes installation, handling, and positioning incredibly easy, but can strongly grip most surfaces and just as easily peel off. For more information visit ShearGrip.com.
About Akron Ascent Innovations
AAI is a start-up company based in Akron, OH that has developed a revolutionary new type of ultra-low tack, removable adhesives material made from nanofibers. This new class of materials is able to achieve a strong, but easily removable, bond between surfaces through nanoscale interactions. This approach to adhesion was inspired by nature and is widely used in the animal kingdom, including beetles, spiders, and geckos. AAI’s platform approach to dry adhesion can be used for a range of applications, ranging from temporary signage, home décor, wall hanging hooks, and picture frame tabs, to automotive assembly, packaging, smart clothing, electronics handling, and closures.