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Can Geckskin really hold 700Lbs?

  1. Apr 27, 2016 #1
    Can this Gecksin material hold the 700lbs?
     
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  3. Apr 28, 2016 #2

    billy_joule

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    Synthetic Gecko skin? Did you have a link?
    Anything can hold 700lb if you have enough of it.
     
  4. Apr 29, 2016 #3
    https://geckskin.umass.edu/

    Interesting stuff, but there doesn't seem to be much out there about how exactly it works.
     
  5. May 3, 2016 #4
    They say that an index card size piece can hold 700lb. If they mean a 3"x5" card, that's only about 47psi, which seems reasonable for this sort of thing. It's a few times better than suction cups, which are limited by local atmospheric pressure.
     
  6. May 3, 2016 #5

    berkeman

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    Yeah, if it's so great, why hasn't there been more activity in the last couple of years since that was posted?
     
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