New Steel Hook And Loop Fastener Challenges Velcro
German scientists have developed a steel hook and loop fastener that is strong enough to support 35 metric tons. The invention, called Metaklett, can withstand over 1,500 degrees fahrenheit (800°C) and is resistant to chemicals.
The new metallic fastener was developed by scientists at the Institute of Metal Froming and Casting, Technical University of Munich. The fastener can easily be washed and desinfected, which makes it useful for hospitals and industrial facilities.
The Metaklett will be manufactured in two versions, the Flamingo and the Entenknopf (duck head), named after the shapes of the metal hooks and loops.
Velcro was invented by Swiss engineer George de Mestral 60 years ago.
"Metaklett is a portmanteau of Metall and Klettverschluss, which is the German generic for Velcro.