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ripstop nylon made of ripstop nylon

ripstop nylon is actually a particular weave. Instead of thread, use microfibers already knitted to be ripstop pattern, then make them into the filament that the macro sized ripstop fabric is made from
 
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While describing a better bag I remembered making ripstop nylon from ripstop nylon.

Ripstop nylon is actually a particular weave. Instead of thread, use microfibers already knitted to be ripstop pattern, then make them into the filament that the macro sized ripstop fabric is made from.

Pondering monofilaments It seems like there might be some way of making monofilament stronger, like having a laser making a helical swirl of toughened material at the near surface interior. The filament would then be more like a chinese fingertrap puzzle and could have different response to stretching.

Another possibility could be using lasers to make an I- beam polymerization central to the filament. It might work.

just perhaps putting little rachet shapes on the surface would cause the monofilaments to slide against each other less, improving dimensional stability and limiting the spread of microtears.

beanangel, Oct 13 2017

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       Ripstop nylon is actually a particular weave. Instead of thread, use microfibers already knitted to be ripstop pattern, then make them into the filament that the macro sized ripstop fabric is made from.   

       Ripstop nylon is actually a particular weave. Instead of thread, use microfibers already knitted to be ripstop pattern, then make them into the filament that the macro sized ripstop fabric is made from.   

       Sadly, no. The fracture mechanics (so to speak) of ripstop nylon are very different at the level of threads and of the material as a whole.   

       Monofilament nylon is actually a fairly amazing structure in an of itself, and it does exactly the job it's meant to do, at the thread level. The ripstop weave works by an entirely different, but equally brilliant mechanism.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 13 2017
  

       It seems like there might be some way of making monofilament stronger, like having a laser making a helical swirl of toughened material at the near surface interior. The filament would then be more like a chinese fingertrap puzzle and could have different response to stretching. Another possibility could be using lasers to make an I-beam polymerization central to the filament.
beanangel, Oct 13 2017
  

       Nylon is already cleverer than that.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 13 2017
  

       If you stacked and wove together many layers of ripstop, with a few thicker layers separating the thinner ones, could you make a kind of three-dimensional ripstop material, which would be well suited to manufacturing four-dimensional hot air balloons?   

       Edit: I suppose one problem is that you'd need to weave in additional thicker ripstop threads at right angles to the sheets.
Wrongfellow, Oct 13 2017
  

       //improving dimensional stability and limiting the spread of microtears//   

       I saw this on CNN recently - "Pet mice and gerbils against Trump, the fight for tiny hearts and microtears - this time its Russian Rodents !"
bigsleep, Oct 18 2017
  
      
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