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Author Topic: Using 3DL Laminate technique for Sport/Stunt Kites  (Read 1785 times)
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« on: May 29, 2010, 09:18 AM »

Saw this video on North Sail'ss 3DL Laminate technique on Discovery Channel some weeks ago and was wondering if this technqiue could be applied to sport/stunt kite building, ableit in a simplied form. I was most intrigued by the application of a form to obtain an airfoil profile and wonder if kites could benefit by this.

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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2010, 12:52 PM »

Thanks, that was an eye-opening video.  Huh

As to your question about kites.

There have been sport kites which use battens to shape the sail.

And there have been broadseamed sail sport kites in which the sail is sewn to take a shape when wind filled.

Kitemakers today are very adept at shaping a single layer of material by using standoffs, framing and sewing techniques. I'm guessing the multi-layer technique we saw in the video would produce a very heavy sport kite.
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