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Shock absorbing fabric Answered

I'm doing some research and trying to see if there is anything out there that's a shock absorbent fabric type material. Unfortunately, i've only been able to find sorbothane (which isn't a fabric type material).

The usage is going to be an adjustable cover that can wrap around whatever i'm covering and allows impact protection.


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1 year ago

Shock absorbent can mean a lot...
Same for fabric...
I guess you want something that is like a blanket, flexible enough, soft enough but able to protect a delicate surface.
Thick Denim or canvas cloth like on the tents of the early settler days are a good protection.
Won't help much as a single layer if you drop a concrete paver on it though...
Same for dropping the wrapped part if heavy and delicate...
If you check Neoprene as in the material for basic diving suits and beer can "coolers" you will find that it is quite flexible in the thin form of about 5 to 10mm thickness.
A strong cloth clued onto the Neoprene will turn it more into the flexibility range of a carpet runner, especially if you need to cover both sides.
But impact resistance would be considerably good as well as protection from penetration through sharp or pointy things.
Maybe what I misused for my bow and arrow practice in the backyard is what you are after...

My last suggestion requires the use of a sewing machine, preferably of the old style and capable of working with storng and thick fabric.
If you know someone with an old treadle Singer sewing machine (and knows how to use it) it would be perfect.
The source of your fabric comes from a friendly car wrecker.
Airbags can't be sold or re-used, they need to be distroyed and every single one is counted and logged.
However, once that is done the actual bads are rubbish and you can often get the larges ones literally by the bucket load if it is a big and busy wrecker.
Cut the stiching so you end with single sheets of this extremly tuff material.
Get enough pieces of suitable ( preferably the biggest) sizes you can get for free or dirt cheap to make up for three "blankets" of the desired size.
Once you have that sorted use the sweing machine to make your three blankets as singles.
I just assume someone does it for you, so while it is being done you go to some fabric store and buy a roll of these cheap and fluffy synthetic, wool like cushioning material.
If you desire a higher impact rating at the dowside of being stiffer use a roll of thin and soft foam.
To make it complete you secure the filling material as single ayer like a sandwich with your completed blankets.
First layer blanket, second filler, third blanket, fourth filler, fifths again the last blanket.
How you secure it depends on the size, for a small cover you can use long pins but personally I prefer spray on glue.
If you use foam please make sure the glue is compatible!
Use as little as possible - you don't want to do it like you only want to glue it together!
The goal is to have just enough to prevent filler material and the very slippery blankets from moving.
The stitching should be done in rows and colums to result in squares of suitable size.
From trying and using them I figured a square size of about 10x10 -15x15cm is best.
What are the beneifts of this sandwich?
The airbag material is really strong and considerably fine in the thread count.
If you try to poke something through it you might be surprised how strong it is.
With the added padding you have a good cushioning effect for minor impacts.
The airbag material ensures that even sharper hits won't make it through to the protects stuff behind.
It all depends though how you define impcat and what you wish to protect....
A pane of glass won't care about the blanket if you drop a bowling ball on it, it will just crack....
And a pointy iron bar will certainly damage a piece of sheet metal under the banket if it hit hard enough to deform the material...
But a rock thrown at some vintage furniture won't impress the blanket too much unless it is house brick...


1 year ago

Maybe it would be a nice idea to look into bedliner. The guys from "How Ridiculous" covered a melon with the stuff and threwn it from a 45 meter high tover. Melon survived (Sort of: Insides were mushed of course, but the melon didnt crack.

Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

1 year ago

The words, "rubber" and "elastomer," are almost interchangeable, describing a material that can be stretched or squished.

The words, "foam" and "expanded," both mean the same thing, essentially filled with tiny gas-filled voids.

The material you want is likely both rubbery and foamy, like a "rubber foam," or "foam rubber," or "elastomeric foam," or something like this.

This, what you call, "sorbothane," is


is certainly in that category, of materials that are both foam and elastomer.

Have you looked at the Wikipedia page for Sorbothane? Because it mentions some other materials that are similar, like neoprene,


which can be found in both foam and solid versions.

I suspect the foam will be more squishy, and better at absorbing mechanical shocks.

It is strange the Wiki article for "Padded cell,"


does not give us any technical details regarding the kind of padding used in such an enclosure. It is disappointing too, because I am rather curious to know what kind of materials the pros use, for to keep people who are truly crazy from hurting themselves.