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Vector Grids

Stretch Shapes continues to innovate and move the needle with solutions from fabrics that stretch for AV and Live Design professionals. Vector Grids are a ground-breaking product that will provide event professionals with the opportunity to design dynamic backdrops and modern ceiling treatments that embrace the geometric trend we’re seeing right now. With Vector Grids, you can create backdrops with custom fabric walls that mount using a Pipe and Base Frame or mounts on to your existing truss frame. If you prefer, Vector Grids can even be used as a lightweight fabric ceiling treatment.

Design made simple

Our pre-configured shapes and sizes allow you to design your Vector Grid to fit the needs of your event without having to overthink the setup. Currently, we offer five distinct geometric patterns that include triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons, and diamonds. With each wall, you get to pick the pattern density (size) you want each shape to be cut in. Each shape is available in a 6”, 12”, 2’ and 2.5’ pattern density. This provides even more creative freedom when designing your event wall, stretch fabric backdrop, stage background, or fabric ceiling treatment.

What’s the difference between Vector Grids and Panel Wall Tiles?

The biggest difference between the Vector Grids and our Panel Wall Tiles is the Panel Wall Tiles are individual panels that are pre-assembled in our production facility with metal gate rings, whereas our Vector Grids are a complete wall with the pattern cut into the fabric wall itself.

Vector Grids require no additional parts (other than the structure you’re mounting to), whereas our Panel Wall Tiles require additional attachment pieces like zip ties. This translates into Vector Grids creating a next level super clean looking pattern fabric wall.

What is the difference between Pipe & Base and Truss Mount?

We have designed these walls to work with pipe and base systems as well as truss structures. For your pipe and base systems, a sewn-in pole pocket is built into the perimeter of the Vector Grid. This provides stretch from all four sides to provide your wall with a wrinkle-free finish and a perfectly symmetrical grid. View an installation video here.

For truss structures or similar, we sew in hook & loop strips that simply wrap around the truss and stick to themselves. Not only does this allow for an extremely quick and easy install, but it also removes the need for zip ties. This reduces waste, cost and cleanup — all added benefits! To view Vector Grid truss mounted installation, click here.

See for yourself!

Our team is on standby ready to provide you with any additional information you need to design your next event with our Vector Grids. Feel free to use our lightning-fast online quote system to get an accurate estimate of what you need or pick up the phone and give us a call at 1.888.396.2017.


Stretch Shapes at the 2018 LDI Tradeshow

Stretch Shapes had so much fun at #LDI2017 that we’ve decided to go back for #LDI2018. This year Stretch Shapes is poised to make yet another tidal wave of epic showcasing at the LDI Tradeshow.

From October 19-21st, the Las Vegas Convention Center and parking lot are transformed into a live design professional’s dream come true. Over 14,000 attendees from more than 80 countries come to LDI to see the latest industry tech, learn new techniques, see the latest innovations, and replenish their creativity. This will be Stretch Shapes’ second year exhibiting at LDI and not only will we have a state-of-the-art booth to welcome attendees, but we’ve stepped up our presence with a major sponsorship package that will include 2 massive structures at the Live Outside outdoor festival attached to the event.

Stretch Shapes sponsors LDI

While we may not be the biggest name among the 390 companies exhibiting, Stretch Shapes won’t be overlooked. Just outside the Las Vegas Convention Center will be the third annual Live Outside event that includes a dazzling array of technology displays and demos for outdoor festivals and events, in a non-permanent concert setting.

To help transform this parking lot into a “festival” scene, Stretch Shapes was a key player in designing 2 massive structures to be wrapped in our Trapeze Plus® fabric. The first structure is a one-of-a-kind Serrated Shade Structure that will house a beer garden and VIP attendees. This structure is 63’ long by 23’ wide and at its highest peak, 23’ tall! The second structure is a ginormous spider structure and as you can imagine it is shaped like a spider. Standing at 35’ tall, each of the spider’s behemoth legs is 20’ wide and span over an area that’s 124’ wide. The entire Spider Structure is wrapped in Stretch Shapes’ colorful Trapeze Plus® fabric. Both structures will be up for the entire weekend and all attendees with an LDI pass are welcome.

Headed to LDI? Kick off your #LDI2018 weekend experience on Friday night with the 30th Anniversary party and concert! This 80s-themed bash will have bars, food trucks, DJs and chances to win special prizes. All LDI badge holders can access the Live Outside event and participate in the fun!

Booth 843

After months of research, planning, and testing we’ve compiled Stretch Shapes’ most loved products into a 10’ x 20’ booth. Our booth, #843, is complete with our Fabrication Systems, stock products, printed fabric, custom items and an interactive area where attendees can cut their own truss cover from one of our Truss Rolls. No matter what you’re searching for, our team of live event experts will be there to discuss and show you the endless capabilities of Stretch Shapes!

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Corner Cover Instructional Videos

From time to time, an innovative product requires a little helping hand for all to enjoy the fruits of our creativity. Case in point: our four solutions for covering corner junctions of truss structures. Stretch Shapes’ four options — 90° 2-Way 12” Box Truss Corner Cover, 90° 3-Way 12” Box Truss Corner Cover, 3-Way T 12” Box Truss Corner Cover and 4-Way T 12” Box Truss Corner Cover — now all have step-by-step instructional videos to help guide your way to a perfectly covered truss structure.

Each corner cover instructional video is intended for all experience levels. If you’re a helping hand trying to setup a church stage design or an experienced rigger setting up a massive shade structure, you’ll gain valuable knowledge from taking a minute to watch these videos.

90° 2-Way 12” Box Truss Corner Cover

For goalpost-style setups, our 90° 2-Way 12” Box Truss Corner Cover is essential for completing the finished look. Available in our 15 stock colors or custom printed, this corner cover is now even easier to setup with a quick glance at this instructional video.

90° 3-Way 12” Box Truss Corner Cover

One of the most common truss junctions you see in all rectangle or square configurations is a 90° 3-way corner block. Like all Stretch Shapes Corner Covers, our 90° 3-Way 12” Box Truss Corner Covers conveniently secure around the truss junction with a hook & loop closure. To see the complete setup, check out this video.

3-Way T 12” Box Truss Corner Cover

Another common truss junction is a 3-Way T. You see these in a lot of rectangular truss structures used at weddings and outdoor events. These structures can easily be covered using our Hook and Loop Truss Rolls and corner covers along with the 3-Way T 12” Box Truss Corner Covers.

4-Way T 12” Box Truss Corner Cover

Our latest addition to our Corner Cover product category is the 4-Way T 12” Box Truss Corner Cover. The demand to build more complicated truss structures at larger events has grown over the years as seen in some of our recent Shade Structures. This demand has created a need for this specific product to cover these complicated junctions. While simple enough, they can be intimidating to install when opening out of the package. This video takes all the confusion out and allows you to maximize your time during install.

As with all of our stock products, our Truss Corner Covers are manufactured with our premium Inherently Flame Retardant (IFR) stretch fabric. Our fabric passes even the strictest guidelines and will pass NFPA 701, CSFM Title 19, and ASTM E84. Whether you’re working with our Pull Over Truss Covers or our Hook and Loop Truss Covers, our Corner Covers will work for you. Available in all of our stock colors, give us a call to start your project today.

All four videos can also be found on the Stretch Shapes Video page under “Installation Guides” or on our YouTube page.