Hey everyone, maybe you've seen me before on the forums around here but likely with a different login name. I've start up my own tiny little gear shop, Adapt All-Terrain Gear, and I'm finally in the process of, you might say, getting everything off the ground. I intend to solicit lots of feedback from the BPL community, among others, so for the purposes of gear design, I'll be using this user name. FYI.
I wanted to inquire about welding or gluing fabrics instead of sewing. The materials that we're familiar with--primarily nylon and polyester--are plastics just like any other plastics, but that is about the extent of my knowledge. I know that nylon in particular, at least in its nonwoven form, can be welded with a lowly heat gun. Anybody have any thoughts about whether this might work for woven nylon, and whether the bond would be suitable for use in outdoor gear?
Partially I'm asking because this might, just might, let me be lazy about learning to sew. However, if it turns out that welding (or gluing, even) can work for BP gear, I'm imagining it might simplify construction, and I suppose it could even surface as money saved for the consumer. At the very least, it should mean no need to seam seal.
So, I welcome all your thoughts. And don't forget to check out my website, adaptgear.com. It will be overhauled soon but the important stuff is already there right now.