Technology

Technology

The elegant lines and classic construction methods of sailmaking contribute a great deal to our work. The craft of sailmaking has been evolving for thousands of years, and its artistry continues to flourish in modern times. More and more, contributions from modern technology encourage the communion of creativity and tradition within the craft.

Our manufacturing processes draw heavily from the strong foundations of sailmaking craft while we move forward with all the benefits modern technology can offer. Elegant and aerodynamic lines come from traditional sail-trimming techniques, while other aspects of the finishing process are made possible only through the advances of modern machinery. The possibilities are endless with the assistance of present-day technology - and endless possibilities allow for greater creativity in design.


AutoCad

AutoCAD is a Computer Aided Design program that allows for fast, intuitive design in a digital medium. Once completed, the designs can easily be exported to a number of helpful programs, including the cloth cutting program we use for every project. The AutoCAD software is ideal for complex, layered, and large projects, documenting every change and retaining information about material relationships later in the process. We have been using the AutoCAD software for years, and have found it invaluable to the efficiency of our design process.


Autometrix

For projects that do not need to be patterned by hand we use the Autometrix cutting system to eliminate as much human error as possible from the cutting process. The cutting system is precise and fast, and has an advertised accuracy of within half a millimeter of the drawn pattern. Our table is forty feet long, which allows our tent panels to be cut precisely and in one piece.


Welder

While most of our seams are stitched, heavy duty fabrics can be welded together for a sturdy seam with no holes made by stitching. For welded projects we use a Miller Weldmaster machine that can accommodate most fabrics, and welds at up to 750°C and 20 meters (65 feet) per minute.


Wood Shop

Fabric Architecture is our specialty here, and architecture is nothing without a frame and a base. To that end, all wooden frames and foundations for routine and custom projects are built in our wood shop on the first floor. Our AutoCAD program allows us to design fabric and frame together, ensuring a perfect fit when both are completed.

Metalwork

Most recently, we have expanded into metalwork. The addition of a welding machine and metal cutting blades allow us to do a great deal of our own metalwork. We are now able to provide custom metal parts in bronze, stainless steel, and aluminum. These pieces can serve a variety of purposes including base support and feet for posts, door frames, brackets, gussets, and corner plates.


Logos

As a finishing touch for most products we offer customization through logo matching and imagery. We use two methods for this: heat sublimation, and traditionally stitched graphics. For our work, sublimation is the process of transferring an image from a piece of paper directly onto a piece of cloth. We print the desired graphic using heat transfer ink, and then press paper and cloth in our 48” x 60” heat press to make the transfer. Sublimation creates clear, bright images on pennants, canopies, and other projects. Traditionally stitched graphics are designed on the computer, cut, and stitched onto the product. The amount of color and detail is more limited, but they are a better option for large images and projects that will be exposed to environmental stresses for long periods of time.