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Materials science / Re: ITW Buckle Colour Confusion.
« on: September 18, 2018, 11:11:45 PM »
The Foliage and Tan shades from ITW changed quite a bit a few years back - your buckles are probably the old shade.

Materials science / Looking for IRR black tubular webbing type 5625 1 inch
« on: September 15, 2018, 02:14:47 AM »

Everything's in the title... We currently use commercial black type 5625 that shines quite a bit in NVGs.
Anyone knows a supplier for IRR treated black?

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Question on stitches per inch
« on: September 04, 2018, 03:02:57 AM »
3,5mm as standard and 5mm for sewing folded edges on fabric with a tolerable shortening of the finished length.

Materials science / Re: Elastic for Cummerbunds
« on: August 09, 2018, 11:06:41 PM »
I'll jump in.
Nylon woven elastic (think Eagle pouches and cummerbunds) catches less on vegetation than knit elastic. GSI is a good source.
In theory polyester knit would be less expensive but for some reason GSI offers the woven nylon for less so it's an easy choice.

No news yet. I guess the lawfare phase is ongoing.

Yes I have a custom X-box pattern for sewing elastic to leg strap webbing in 38x30mm.
Haven't had the time nor urgent need to program other patterns.
What I can do once back from holidays is post somewhere the procedure for transfering patterns to the bartacker.

So far there appears to be secondhand accounts, hearsay, conjecture, and speculation.

"Just the facts, ma'am."

Emails from Directors of International Sales for both companies are direct sources. I left out some aspects for the sake of discretion.

2M sent me their patent text. They are confident that it doesn't infringe on the Tubes patent.
Grab a seat, here's your popcorn...


I received a message from my contact at FirstSpear about the 2M ROC buckles we use along with some other brands in Europe and the USA.
FirstSpear believes the buckles infringe on their Tubes pattern and are starting the legal action.

For context: NFM has the distribution rights for Tubes in Europe but FirstSpear acknowledges that NFM is not selling them to anyone.
FirstSpear will not OEM produce carriers for export to Europe because of the NFM agreement so this way is blocked as well.
I heard that the Lindnerhof proprietary buckles might be available for sale.
I would rather use buckles from a manufacturer instead of a competitor for obvious reasons.

I haven't read the Tubes patent and can't judge whether the infringement claim stands (not a lawyer).
Link to the patent:
I have written about this to 2M and will keep you posted.

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.

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