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Watch a Chain Link Fence Get Woven Like a Giant Metal Sweater

Thursday, December 1, 2016 6:22
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As you might have guessed, manufacturing chain link fences involves a similar process to that of knitting a sweater—assuming that the machine is a mad giant with a flock of steel wool—bearing sheep.

Typically made from galvanized or LLDPE-coated steel wire, chain link fences feature a distinctive zig-zag pattern that isn’t just there for looks; each “zig” and “zag” is designed to create an optimal hook for the wire resulting in the unmistakable diamond pattern.

The machine was, in fact, modeled after a cloth weaving machine in 1844 by a Norwich, UK man by the name of Charles Barnard, co-founder of the firm Bishop & Barnard.

While manufacturing has changed more or less over the past century, the gist of the knit-like manufacturing process remains the same—as evidenced in this more recent video of a fully-automatic chain link fence machine:

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