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How Did Magic Tape Appear?

Magic tape, also known as adhesive tape, child and mother tape, barbed tape, etc. In the industry terminology, it is called the snap fastener, which is a commonly used connecting auxiliary material. It is widely used in various fields and is very common in our life, such as shoes, clothes, gloves, bags, etc. Today, let's take a look at the frontal tape.



1.Origin of magic tape

First, let's look at the origin of the name. It is converted from the English name "Velcro". In the early 1980s, "Velcro" entered China. People see that one side of this thing is thin and soft fiber, and the other side is plastic elastic fiber with thorns. As long as they touch each other, they will produce natural adhesion. When they pull with their hands, they will separate again, which is a bit like magic, so it is named "magic tape".

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2.Invention of magic tape

As one of the 50 Great Inventions of the 20th century, magic tape plays an indispensable role in our life. Its invention was inspired by a small detail in life. Xanthium sibiricum is no stranger to everyone. When you go on a field trip, your partner and you often play tricks on each other with Xanthium sibiricum. Mature Xanthium will playfully stick to your clothes and refuse to come down. Its invention is related to Xanthium sibiricum.

In 1948, Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral went hunting. When he was just sitting on the grass preparing for a picnic, he suddenly felt something stinging his body. He quickly stood up and looked. It turned out that he was sitting on Xanthium sibiricum. Not only his pants, but also the hounds around him were stained with some Xanthium sibiricum. When he got home, he spent a long time cleaning his pants and the cocklebur on the hound. These thorny little things were very sticky on the dog.

Xanthium sibiricum caught Mister law's attention. He carefully observed the surface of Xanthium sibiricum and got an interesting discovery: under the microscope, he found that the spikes on Xanthium sibiricum were not straight, but like a small hook. It turned out that these small hooks caught the fibers of the pants and the dog's hair. He thought, if we imitate the structure of Xanthium sibiricum, can we make a new, convenient and reliable buckle? It functions like buttons and zippers. This idea inspired his desire to invent and create. After half a year's experiment, he created a new type of buckle, which is covered with prickles like Xanthium sibiricum on cloth a, weaving many hook like objects, and there are many small balls on cloth B. as long as the two pieces of cloth are gently pasted together, they will stick together. This is the earliest magic tape. Its patent was registered in Switzerland in 1951.

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At first, magic tape looked ugly, just like it was made of cheap leftover materials. No one wanted to use it to replace buttons and zippers. However, gold always shines. NASA scientists have found that this new type of buckle can help astronauts put on and off heavy spacesuits more easily. Therefore, it has been further improved and developed, and has become a good assistant for human beings to explore space. Nowadays, in addition to being used in aviation, military, medical, electronics and other professional fields, the frontal tape provides convenience in many aspects of our life.


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