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NORTH 3Di: INNOVATIVE SAILMAKING TECHNOLOGY
Unique. Lightweight. Reliable. Watch How the Most Advanced Sails in the World are Made
Lightweight, reliable, unique. North 3Di sails are engineered to minimum weight and maximum performance. By eliminating the use of mylar, 3Di will not delaminate. Each 3Di sail is precisely shaped on full-sized molds and built to outlast your adventure.
3Di™ is a patented sailmaking technology that produces the world’s fastest and most reliable sails. 3Di sails mimic the balanced load-bearing and shape-holding of a rigid airfoil wing. They are composed of ultra-thin unidirectional spread filament tapes, pre-impregnated with thermoset adhesive, arranged in a complex multiple-axis array, and three-dimensionally molded into a one-piece, flexible composite membrane.
A spread filament tape is an individual yarn that has been spread out until the individual filaments lie side-by-side; forming an ultra-thin “tape.” This exclusive technology enables 3Di sails to be made from fiber and adhesive only—without the need for Mylar film.
The North Sails proprietary automated tape laying system allows designers precise control over the placement and orientation of material within each sail. This unitary, monolithic construction produces an airfoil that has balanced resistance to distortion in all directions.