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How was the Hook and Loop Invented?


    How was the Hook and Loop Invented?

    Jan 5,2019
    Hook and loop plays an indispensable role in our modern life. What is the origin of hook and loop? Now let the relevant hook and loop company tell the story of the origin of hook and loop!

    The original hook and loop fastener was conceived in 1941 by Swiss engineer George de Mestral. The idea came to him one day after returning from a hunting trip with his dog in the Alps. He took a close look at the burs (seeds) of burdock that kept sticking to his clothes and his dog's fur. He examined them under a microscope, and noted their hundreds of "hooks" that caught on anything with a loop, such as clothing, animal fur, or hair. He saw the possibility of binding two materials reversibly in a simple way if he could figure out how to duplicate the hooks and loops. Hook and loop is viewed by some like Steven Vogel or Werner Nachtigall as a key example of inspiration from nature or the copying of nature's mechanisms (called bionics or biomimesis).

    The origin of the hook and loop is very simple, just from a small thing in life, but it really brings great convenience to our life!

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