4. Braid Configuration:
Once the material has been selected, the number of ends agreed and the dimensions defined, the next factor to determine will be the braid angle, which in turn impact the pics per inch (PPI).
Finally, the braid design is determined by how the strands pass alternately over and under each other, which is always in opposite directions. The strands can be braided in three distinct patterns, namely: 1 x 1, 1 x 2, and 2 x 2.
Through characterisation, mechanical characteristics can be determined and the braid optimised. The following provides some high level rules in optimising a braid, however its important to remember that these can be affected by subsequent shape setting: