In our recent post about the all-new Synth harness, we mentioned that one of the composites that make up an important part of this harness (the semi-hardback section) is made up of Curv® material. In this article, we want to focus on this innovative material and discuss what makes it perfect for application in our products.
We caught up with Industrial Designer , Craig Tompkins to take a look behind the design…
So, what is Curv?
Curv® is a unique thermoplastic composite material made up of a matrix of ultrathin polypropylene tapes.
This matrix pattern is what makes this material ideal for use in a harness shell, as it is self-reinforced. It achieves high stiffness and tensile strength, while being extremely durable and impact resistant.
Not only does this material provide ideal stiffness and durability, but it can also be up to 50% lighter than traditional fiber composite materials. This innovative material provides just the right amount of stiffness needed for a semi-hardshell harness.
The best part? Curv® is made from post-consumer recycled plastic and is also recyclable.
How does the 3D molded design of the Synth complement the material?
Due to the unique performance characteristics of the Curv® material, the design can really be optimized to suit the desired flex pattern and stiffness level.
Traditional composite materials have very little flex, which usually results in a very rigid structure. By using Curv® and adding certain features into the design, the stiffness can be tuned. This results in a shell with specific high and low stiffness zones, further enhancing comfort and freedom of movement.
Besides the Curv material being recycled, which is great, are there any additional highlights to the construction or production process itself?
The production techniques used in the manufacture of the Curv® harness shell are much like that of traditional fiber composite shells, however, with less wastage and physical labor. By removing the need for complex composite fiber constructions and accurate resin to fiber ratios, the Curv® material can be molded from a stock sheet.
The overall construction of the harness is particularly well suited to the use of the Curv® material, as it is known to be used across various industries requiring a stiff, durable, and impact-resistant shell.
Curv® compliments the materiality and construction methods used in the production of a harness and provides a cost-effective solution to the user seeking a semi-hardshell harness without compromising on performance.
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