0497620-A2 is referenced by 63 patents and cites 11 patents.

A system for linking a first member with a second member. The system is comprised of a first plurality of micromechanical barbs disposed on the first member. The system is also comprised of a second plurality of micromechanical barbs disposed on the second member. The barbs on the first member and the second member are of a shape such that a locking connection is formed between the first member and second member through the first plurality and second plurality of barbs when placed together. Each of the barbs of the first plurality and second plurality of barbs extend from the first member and second member, respectively, to a height no greater than 5 millimeters. The first plurality of barbs and second plurality of barbs oppose each other. The present invention also pertains to a micromechanical barb for linking with an object. The micrormechanical barb comprises a base.; The micromechanical barb is also comprised of a support which extends from the base. The micromechanical barb additionally is comprised of a head which is disposed upon the support and which mates with the object such that a locking connection is found therebetween. The length of the support and the head is less than 5 millimeters. The present invention also pertains to a method for making a plurality of barbs. The method is comprised of the steps of first forming a substrate of a first material with a layer of a second material thereon, and at predetermined discrete locations on the layer a third material. Next, there is the step of removing portions of the layer and the substrate such that a frustrum shape is formed on the surface of the substrate. Next, there is the step of removing the third material but leaving the first and second materials essentially untouched.; Then, there is the step of reforming the layer made of the second material on the frustrum surface of the substrate. Next, there is the step of removing portions of the layer at essentially the center of the lowest points of the frustrum. There is then the step of removing portions of the substrate but not the second material such that a plurality of barbs is created.

Title
Micromechanical barb and method for making the same.
Application Number
EP19920300850 19920131
Publication Number
0497620 (A2)
Application Date
January 31, 1992
Publication Date
August 5, 1992
Inventor
Weiss Lee
US
Reed Michael
US
Assignee
Univ Carnegie Mellon
US
IPC
F16B 05/07
C23F 01/02
A61M 35/00
A61F 02/02
A61B 17/08
A44B 18/00
H01L 29/02
H01L 23/52
H01L 23/12
F16B 05/00
A61M 37/00
A61F 02/06
A61F 02/82
H01L 29/06
H01L 23/538
H01L 23/13
F16B 05/07
A61M 37/00
A61F 02/82
A61F 02/06
A61F 02/84
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