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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.

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.

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