Jun 13, 2010 at 7:58 pm #1260122
Here is my 620g version of a Hex 3. It is made out of a silicone spinnaker fabric called Dynakote 75. It took me around 10hrs to make. It was computer designed and plotted on a laser cutter at the sail loft I work at.
I stuck it together using a japanese double sided tape, this has eliminated the need for seem sealing but has added aprox 100g to 120g to the final weight.
All photos were taken with a wind speed of 25+knts. It was extremly stable and has a taught pitch.
Front view of door
Side view of double vents
Vent close up
Inside vent detail
CN 13 pole sleeve
Jun 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm #1619728
looks pretty sweet. cool project!Jun 13, 2010 at 8:04 pm #1619730
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
That looks good. The top vents appear to have mosquito netting. Is it possible to seal them for a storm? Or, does the yellow piece cover them enough that rain can't be blown in?
–B.G.–Jun 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm #1619732
Dennis ParkBPL Member
@dparkLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Can you describe the properties of the tape? What sort of adhesive is able to stick to silicone under tension? Did you use it to stick the bug mesh too?Jun 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm #1619735
The vents are no see-um and are covered with the same silicone fabric, just in yellow. The vents are also stiffened at the peak.
I have had it out in an all night rain with no drips. Just a little misting through the fabric
Note the vents stick up
Some space insideJun 13, 2010 at 8:22 pm #1619737
I used the tape to help join the panels. I'm a sailmaker so thats how I do things. It helps with acuracy but takes a bit longer to do. All seems are sewed with a double straight stitch. Tape can not take any load alone.
Yes the mesh is also stuck on with the same tape.Jun 13, 2010 at 8:22 pm #1619738
@paulsiegelLocale: Southern Appalachians
Looks absolutely professional.
I'd also like to know more about the tape.Jun 13, 2010 at 8:27 pm #1619740
It's one of a dozen different types of double sided tapes we use in sailmaking. It's just 9mm Kikusui.Jun 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm #1619766
Rod LawlorBPL Member
So do you tape it first and then sew? What style of seam are they?
And do you have some dimensions?
Very nice looking piece. Congratulations.
RodJun 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm #1619768
Doug JohnsonBPL Member
@djohnsonLocale: Washington State
beautiful project!Jun 13, 2010 at 10:46 pm #1619772
>> Bender <<BPL Member
Very nice work!Jun 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm #1619777
They are a flat felled seem. Like building spinnakers I join the pieces using the seem stick first then sew. But when building sails we never use this seem EVER.
The camp site is right on the beach in the photos and it was very windy all night. I truly believe that the tipi held up so well because of the seems and the cloth orientated along the seems for strength.
As for the dimensions they are :
And thanks everyone for the positive feedbackJun 14, 2010 at 7:26 am #1619825
@dangLocale: Pacific Northwet
Beautiful tent Nick!
I used my old Hex3 this weekend and it's one of my favorite tents. Is the mesh on the bottom attached with the tape and no sewing?Jun 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm #1619916
@paulsiegelLocale: Southern Appalachians
Maybe when you get a chance you could put up something about the process you sailmakers use with tape for seams. Because judging by your seams and flawless pitch we all might have something to learn from you.
PaulJun 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm #1620154
nick beaudoin, I have a question about pictures, that you show
Where is the central pole in realy? It looks like it stand on the stomach of the man in center :)
P.S. Sorry for my englishJun 15, 2010 at 12:07 am #1620175
It's really a 2 person shelter, with plenty of room for gear. You can offset the centre pole to have enough space for 3 in a pinch.Jun 15, 2010 at 9:25 am #1620253
I have understood. Thanks.Jul 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm #1626791
Nick, how did you go about making the mesh vents? I know you said you taped the no-see-um in place with the tape and then sewed, but did you do any kind of seam to finish the edge to prevent fraying?Jul 7, 2010 at 1:46 am #1626846
I did a 12mm fold over (mesh back onto itself), so I sewed through two layers of mesh.Jul 7, 2010 at 4:47 am #1626852
Jason HungBPL Member
i bet it got a lot of crispy noise under that wind speed!:P
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