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new aplication of material to build kites

Postby windfreak74 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:41 pm

Recently ive finish building my home and i had some left over tyvek . a form o breathable fiber insulation.
i tried to rip that stuff and its imposible.
Has anyone tested or used this to build kite canopy it is really light weigh.
Ive just read an article that they are using this to build shoes.
Can someone comment on it?

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Re: new aplication of material to build kites

Postby BWD » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:02 am

Believe it is somewhat light, definitely cheaper than sailcloth, pretty tough.
Has been used for cheap sails by home boat-builders and in poor areas for a while.
I don't think it performs like sailcoth or holds up over a long time though.
But if you could make a cheap enough kite that lasted a while, why not?
Might want to recycle it though...

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Re: new aplication of material to build kites

Postby Starsky » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:36 am

not positive, but I though Saul Griffith of the zero prestige open source kite design fame who later started up monkey kite which morphed in to the brand Griffin built a few functioning kites out of it.

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Re: new aplication of material to build kites

Postby fourperf » Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:01 am

Starsky wrote:not positive, but I though Saul Griffith of the zero prestige open source kite design fame who later started up monkey kite which morphed in to the brand Griffin built a few functioning kites out of it.



saul is a genius!!

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Re: new aplication of material to build kites

Postby eree » Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:18 pm

they make car and boat covers and industrial package out of tyvek. so it must be strong, uv-resistant and durable.

for a moment i imagined a durability contest between tyvek car cover and teijin "ripstop" car cover.
i guess i know which one wins... and btw who would buy teijin cover that costs 2000$?

of course weight of the cloth is important. if tyvek has cloth with weight comparable to polyester cloth why not?

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Re: new aplication of material to build kites

Postby Starsky » Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:11 pm

aren't tyvek boat covers single use disposable?

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Re: new aplication of material to build kites

Postby eree » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:46 pm

they do disposable coveralls too. but for example 80$ suv cover goes with the 2 year warranty.
does any of us dare to leave his kite outside under sunlight and rain for two years? even in the windless place with no flutter?
and those scratchy washing instructions labels on t-shirts? it is almost impossible to rip them off and they outlast shirt itself.

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Re: new aplication of material to build kites

Postby TheJoe » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:24 pm

I've worn tyvek suits at work before don't remember them being that durable. I know a car cover is one thing but a kite tomahawking in high winds or getting washed in waves is another.

Just have doubts about the durability.

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Re: new aplication of material to build kites

Postby windfreak74 » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:35 am

Interesting to see different opinions on the subject.
I was just speculating to get an answer from someone that has experimented on it.maybe on the material thickness used and sewing it.
Ive use tyvek suits for painting and i dont think that the right thickness.
they rip.
but the ones used for enveloves and roofing insulation are very tough as hell but maybe the weigh is not right.

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Re: new aplication of material to build kites

Postby salsaaddict » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:43 am

Tyvek has been used for sails on sailboats, typically small sails. Stretch seems to be a problem and similar to Mylar it can't just be sewn like regular sail cloth (without taping).

Sail Cloth and Alternate Materials
http://www.pdracer.com/sail/material/

Tyvek headsail
http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=15228

Making the Tyvek Sail
http://www.boat-links.com/Tyvek/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/seattledailyphoto/2197503350/
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