What is this plastic tubing called?

Hi all, I came across these woven plastic tubing which when squeezed on either end turn into toy rockets in a science and technology museum and I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of where I could source more of these things. I recall they were named 'boone rockets' but that's been a fruitless internet search.

I would love to apply this product to jewellery/sculpture so it would be good to know what the process/technology is called.

Cheers!

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RavensCraft4 years ago
Do a search for "braided sleeving" on EBAY.
Maybe if you ask a seller, they could even help
you find / get the exact same thing .
This I believe is called a 'Chinese finger wars' me and my dad used to always play with it just google Chinese finger wars
rickharris4 years ago
In general the braiding is used to keep cables tidy so any electrical or electronic supplier should have it - maybe not in that colour!

If you insert an inflatable tube inside and crimp the ends allowing one end to have a plastic pipe for air input you make a shadow muscle

http://www.shadowrobot.com/products/air-muscles/

These are used in robotics and give a powerful smooth pull.

In a rocket the only use of the braiding I can see is to prevent the insert exploding.- they don't add any substance to the rocket effect.
jarris (author) 4 years ago
Perfect thanks!!