Akron Ascent is prominently featured in a new article by Simon Montlake on the revitalization of the rust belt through technology innovation. "Inside a clear plastic box the size of a rabbit hutch, a 12-inch drum turns slowly on its axis. At each turn the drum is coated with polymer threads, 100 times as thin as a human hair, fired from a needle-and-syringe electrospinner, just as Spider-Man shoots his webs. It takes 20 minutes to produce an adhesive film...
"Imagine hanging a sheet of paper, a picture or a dry erase board on a wall without tape or any sticky substance and then taking that paper down and putting it up on another wall without any residue or stickiness.
That is the function of a “dry adhesive,” and Akron Ascent Innovations, located in the Akron Global Business Accelerator, has developed a dry adhesive product that is so versatile that the company cannot keep up with potential applications, said Chief Operating Officer Kevin White.
“We are looking at consumer applications” rather than large commercial ones, said White. In developing products that adhere “home organization onto delicate surfaces,” White said that he literally had to tell people to stop creating new applications until the ones in development make it to market.
That hasn’t stopped the development team from looking at everything from spray-on human skin to 3-D printing and experimenting with weather-resistant outdoor applications like signs..."