Monday, July 31, 2017

Non-helical scaffold strand in synthetic weaving

Synthetic weaving with a helical scaffold strand (orange.)
There are good reasons to want to avoid the use of a helical strand for the scaffold. Foremost is that a helical scaffold imposes differential lengths in the weaving due to the problem of like-turns vs alternate-turns.

Since staples go straight, there is nothing special about the radial vertex. Any integer number of vertices (half-wavelengths) is OK. But the scaffold strand must land on a vertex that naturally turns in the desired direction. A non-helical scaffold strand would not have this limitation.

Anothet advantage of a straight (non-helical) scaffold would be the use of standard NC wire forming machine to bend it.

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