Step 2: Electronic sensing rope manufacturing

The exhibit features our patented electronic sensing rope.  I visited a yacht rope manufacturing facility and worked with their engineers to produce the rope specially for this project.  The rope integrates electrical fibers into a standard polyester double-braid yacht rope.  Below are some photos and videos of this process.

Rope braiding machines are fun to watch!


hey can any one help me <br>i want to do it but i cannt know how many hole i should make <br>if any one can send me a vedio around it <br>i will be happy please help me fast <br>here is my email <br>ping23479233@hotmail.com
This look cool. It took a bit for me to realize what this is. I thought it was small...<br><br>But this looks great, I just wish that there was a desktop version, even if it didnt play.
you can make your own non-musical one, no problem! all you need is 3 sticks, a spool of string, and a drill. drill 3 rows of equally spaced holes down the sticks (lets say, 3 rows of 12 holes). cut string into 9 pieces. feed the string through the holes. the models we made in step 4 are done just this way. you may need to have a 2nd person hold the 3 sticks in about the right orientation while you feed the strings through. i think i'll add this as a new step.
Hey Dan, are you still looking for a museum for the &quot;Rope and Sound Interactive Tensegrity Sculpture&quot;? I'll be emailing you at your monkeylectric email with my info. Thanks. <br> <br>Regards, <br>Lic. Robert Moreno
This thing is amazing up until the part where you change hi-rezolution naturally complex signals into midi to trigger recordings of other instruments. You should be using models for re-synthesis instead. Then it will become more like a real instrument instead of another beautiful sculpture that mimics a midi-controller from the 80's.<br><br>I might like to help with that part, if you are interested. Thank you for the great instructable!<br>
yes that would make it better. we didn't do that yet because it is much harder than for a normal stringed instrument. metal instrument strings are very good at having a predictable response that changes consistently depending on the strength and timing of the plucking. the response of our ropes varies a lot given the same input stimulus. this made it a challenge just to reliably detect that they were plucked at all.
Cool sculpture , great idea . Just one thing your sculpture is based on one of Kenneth Snelson's designs . Bucky was pretty smart and cool and all that , but he got his idea from Snelson . Really look it up . Bucky was a shameless self promoter . LOL
oh thanks, i added a link to that.<br>
Ok, I'll be the first to ask - how much did this thing cost to build? It's a nice piece of artwork, but it had to be expensive!
About $10,000 in parts and materials. Labor not included.<br>
Lol, too much $$$ for musical jump-ropes tied to a girder.<br><br>It's nice though.
i've seen lots of times where a bunch of paint smeared onto a piece of cloth costs over $1 million. i mean really!<br>
You know, you have a point there. LOL!
begs for a vid of sculpture in use w/ good sound...
Nice work, a bit out of 'iblers usual league, but nice. <br><br>Is the rope commercially available ? <br>Steve
yo uneed to do an 'ible on that sweet braider you have... <br>cool 'ible and nice art
Wozers! Talented man

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