Striplox has edge hooks that securely join materials together permanently or temporarily.

Benefits

  • Reduced materials
  • Reduced costs
  • Increased strength

Applications

  • Residential and commercial buildings
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 9: Industry Innovation & Infrastructure

The Challenge

The joining of materials creates everything that we depend on in our daily lives, including products, machines, buildings, cars, airplanes, computers, medical innovations, and many more. However, many current joining systems are complicated, aesthetically troubling, and permanent. Additionally, the glues used in them can be toxic to humans and not environmentally friendly.

Innovation Details

Striplox® is essentially a spring-loaded joint. It is formed by wedging together two or more parts that have intermeshing, castellated edge hooks. These are then joined with a castellated Joinlox® key, which bends to take the loads imposed by the parts on the joint. This design was inspired by clams and other shellfish that attach to rocks with incredible force. They do this by locking many tiny ‘hooks’ located on the ends of special threads to tiny overhangs and crevices on rocks. This converts the shear forces into tensile and flexural forces, just like in the small hooks on the Striplox design.

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Animation of Striplox® technology. Photo: Joinlox.

Biomimicry Story

Blue mussels attach to rocks in wave-battered intertidal seashores. They attach using stringy fibers called byssal threads that emerge from their protective shells, secreted by glands on the soft bodies inside. These fibers, while thin and flexible, also have a high tensile strength and produce a very strong hold when their combined strength is added together.