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    Unique folding door design - video

    Folding door. Pinchy, but still cool.



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    I'm trying to think of an application where this design would offer an advantage over a conventional door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mklotz View Post
    I'm trying to think of an application where this design would offer an advantage over a conventional door.
    The only advantage I can see is that the bottom of the door rises up over the outside ground, maybe over a pile up of snow, other than that not much.

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    The swing profile seems too similar to a standard door for it to be a significant space saver. And it looks expensive and tedious to build. Beyond amusement/entertainment, maybe an ultra-niche application: submarine, spacecraft, etc.?

    Other than that, like many of the short videos we see, it seems confined to "idea value", in that it spurs us to ideate other more useful concepts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olderdan View Post
    The only advantage I can see is that the bottom of the door rises up over the outside ground, maybe over a pile up of snow, other than that not much.
    I live in southern California. My only interaction with ice is in my martini shaker. Snow on the peaks of the San Gabriel mountains is visible from my office, a distance of some 80 air miles. I hope to never get any closer.
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    Also: how do you open it from the inside? Compilation vid of more like these. Mostly gimmicky (at best!), with a few interesting designs. 10:10 vid; good one to watch at 2X speed, via a setting visible by clicking the cog wheel.


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    Seems to me they are novel, but the first one would not work in weather without some serious mods to seal it up and some rubber baby buggy bumpers to minimize the pinch factor. The video had some more practical ones like the uphill swing gates (interesting hinge) and did like the fan one with the Astro logo looked like one that would be on Marv's place with a view of some mountain. The other I thought was rather practical was the 2 way door with the off center pivot point.

    Thanks Jon! Fun but not for spacecraft or subs, me thinkz!
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    While I have to agree there is a certain cool factor to the moving and folding of geometric shapes causing the door to open or close. I can only visualize this as a novelty it would be horrible as a security door even if it were made much thicker. as a weather tight door it would be a nightmare to seal and maintain functionality. About the only reason that I can see for one other than just to say it can be done.would be if there were some permanent obstruction on the ground preventing the operation of a normal swing door. However in that case since the lower section does have to rotate to the ground in the open position a sliding door would be a better option.
    This is just my opinion and I am not trying to belittle the young man's inventive abilities, who knows there may be a very real reason for his having done this and we have not seen the final outcome.
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    I have actually made several of the various types of the gate enclosures in the vid on Jon's post #6 many of those while somewhat on the gimmick side do have an actual reason for being made the way they were.
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    gimically interesting!!

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