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Zebra wrap

cosmetically improved corrugated cardboard
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Corrugated cardboard with only two layers -one liner, one corrugated medium - is apparently readily manufactured and available (known as 'single face board'). This is all very well, but the stripes are a bit too regimented for some (my) tastes.
Zebras, on the other hand are renown for their attractive stripey coats, where the uniformity is reduced as some of the strips split or come to an end.

I propose that single face cardboard with irregularities redolent of the zebra pattern would be much more interesting to look at.

The obvious question is how it can be done. Standard corrugated cardboard is made using meshing fluted rollers to create the flutes as transverse stripes to the flow of production. I believe that replacing these with matching zebra pattern rollers should be feasible, although perhaps not cheap.

Loris, Jul 08 2020

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       I like it but think it would have the disadvantage of being harder to roll up for shipping and storage which is kind of the only reason for not attaching the second flat side.   

       //matching zebra pattern rollers // Some people would obsessively search for the repeat in the pattern and then curse its artificial regularity as being worse than the simpler parallel straight lines.
pocmloc, Jul 08 2020
  

       //I like it but think it would have the disadvantage of being harder to roll up for shipping and storage which is kind of the only reason for not attaching the second flat side.//   

       While it may be slightly harder to roll, since the corrugations would still largely be aligned I think it wouldn't be too bad. The inner diameter of a roll may not be quite as tight as could otherwise be achieved, but this shouldn't cost all that much in packing efficiency during storage.
And this proposal is intended to create a new reason not to attach the second side : to make the fluted side much more aesthetic.
  

         

       ////matching zebra pattern rollers // Some people would obsessively search for the repeat in the pattern and then curse its artificial regularity as being worse than the simpler parallel straight lines.//   

       While I note that this isn't strictly relevant to the fragment you quote[1], yes, the pattern would repeat. The repeat length is the circumference of a roller; if the roller diameter were 32cm, the repeat length would be about a meter - which is probably sufficient for most purposes.   

       [1] We need two rollers to mesh to form the crenelations in the paper. While this is straightforward for straight pleats, for a zebra pattern the two surfaces must be carefully cut such that one is essentially an inverted copy of the other.
Loris, Jul 09 2020
  

       Well allrightythen.   

       This is edgy, but picking out a parcel or box from the container is going to be a devanning nightmare.
wjt, Jul 10 2020
  

       //This is edgy, but picking out a parcel or box from the container is going to be a devanning nightmare.//   

       To be honest I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but if my guess is correct then perhaps this concern could be assuaged by assembling the container flutes-out.
Loris, Jul 13 2020
  

       Silly me, The boxes made from the zebra wrap don't move.
wjt, Jul 14 2020
  

       Now I'm wondering how they package zebras for shipment.
kdf, Jul 14 2020
  

       [Loris], you know more about corrugation than I do about just about anything. Wowsie.
blissmiss, Jul 14 2020
  

       Nice idea to help beautify the simplistic. One design consideration might be to "balance" the irregularity of the Zebra pattern so that the roll of paper that becomes the corrugated side gets used evenly during the process. In other words, that the total invaginations across the width of the roll even out within several inches of travel, otherwise the paper will be pulled skew from the roll and likely tear.   

       If you work that out, then a bun for you!
tumblewit, Jul 14 2020
  

       It doesn't have to be a heavy press on the flutes, just enough to cause an artistic impression.
wjt, Jul 15 2020
  

       //to "balance" the irregularity of the Zebra pattern//   

       Simply requires a constant number of ups and downs per unit length at all lateral points.   

       Easily sketched on a dot grid.
pocmloc, Jul 15 2020
  
      
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