Friday, August 11, 2017

Using a straight wire for the scaffold strand

Wrapping a 2-ply helix around a straight center strand of the same wire diameter results in a low pitch angle: about 20 degrees vs 40 degrees for a true 3-ply helix.
It is tempting to use a straight scaffold strand in synthetic weaving since this would allow use of a current generation CNC wire bender like the D.I.Wire+. Unfortunately a low pitch angle results, which makes the helical staple strands prone to stretch at the crossings.

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