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Sewing old stuff designed before the laser cutter arrived.. but I can see how much progress I've made design-wise since then. Still it feels embarassing.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Hot Knife Pad?
« on: May 25, 2018, 12:37:39 AM »
Buy a big pad (Olfa 24"x36" for us) and fix a stop on the glass along one vertical edge aligned with the 0" line so you can push the webbing to a fixed starting position without checking.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Hot Knife Pad?
« on: May 22, 2018, 03:03:03 AM »
Tempered glass (think glass shelf from a cupboard) over an Olfa cutting mat allows for measuring and cutting in one operation.

Congratulations! Out of curiosity - are there more than  1 designers at EI or do you replace a lone person who left?

Asset exchange / Re: WTB: some camo green 5038 and 55301
« on: April 24, 2018, 12:13:58 AM »
We have a roll of each lying in the shop in France ;-) PM me if you want.

Everything else / Re: PALS Adapter Hardware
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:52:25 AM »
The correct way is to 3D print the piece in acetal, test it then contract short-run production with one of the companies offering short run injection molding on 3D printed molds.
Kind of want to take care of this one but I don't have the time right now.

Edit: I found the old blueprints I made for this part and contracted the 3D print. Let's see what we can make. Crowdfunding would be a good way to pay for the initial run.

Everything else / Re: PALS Adapter Hardware
« on: April 19, 2018, 04:56:56 AM »
A sturdy version of the C-loop is something on my mind. Why use repair GTSR buckles when you don't need the regulation?

Materials science / Re: Metal PALS Adapter
« on: March 17, 2018, 01:24:27 AM »
I have designed such a piece (called C-hook) with and without "ladderloc" slots and had some cut out of steel (potentially aluminium would do). Haven't found a commercial offering for that but it would be quite cheap to make industrially  from bent steel wire (see webbing hanger from WW1-WW2 US canteen pouch).

I tend to cut the corners at 45 which makes them more flexible too.

Vendors and sources / Re: 70E Elastic Webbing
« on: February 28, 2018, 08:11:52 AM »
The Shotcard in the pic used type 70E. I don't think we have a picture of 5664. It's very similar to the style that Texcel used to carry if that helps.

Vendors and sources / Re: 70E Elastic Webbing
« on: February 27, 2018, 02:00:08 AM »
To clarify - we use the 5664 nylon elastic from GSI instead of their 70E.

Vendors and sources / Re: 70E Elastic Webbing
« on: February 22, 2018, 12:23:43 AM »
I recently discovered that GSI's nylon elastic is cheaper than the equivalent 70E. Seems sturdier too.

Has anyone asked FS what their policy is regarding the technical extent of their patents?

Very actionable info, thanks!

Reading you I now see that adding a customer code and letters would help making the style number less confusing.
That would be for instance: Cxx-Txx-Yxx-Mxxx-Vxxx-Sxxx

Client xx (we also do OEM)
Type xx
Year of design xx
Model xxx
Version xxx
Shade (color) xxx

Using a different letter for each group makes the styles searchable in Excel and allows running statistics.
One thing missing is the year of production. Not sure if that's important to track though.

At our place we use:

Type (1-9): similar to your lines + provision for clothing, shelters and other stuff that's not personal equipment.
Sub-type (1-9): currently distinguishes the type of equipment (sling, pouch, belt..)
Model (100-999): the actual product
Version (10-99): used for versioning like for software versions
Color (001-999): whatever color table you use

So a current production Black Expresling is #41-10110-001. A commercial type is also used for quick ID, sales and such (here: TT-ELG-BK). The latter could be more developed, interested to hear what others do.
The style is mostly for internal stats and for communicating with factories when error-proofing is a must.

+1 on the F-I resources.

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