Woven wire mesh is not the same as knitted wire mesh!
Knitted wire mesh and woven wire mesh use two very different technologies and produce materials with different structures and properties, although knitted wire mesh can often be used for products and applications in place of woven wire mesh.
How is knitted wire mesh (KnitMesh™) made?
The method used to knit wire is similar to that of a domestic knitting machine used to make jumpers and scarves, just on a much larger industrial scale. The form of the final product is generally a long sock, and the structure of the knit, inter-connecting loops of wire/fibres, provides a material with unique properties and application suitability. See the section on Wire Knitting for more detailed information.
How is woven wire mesh made?
Woven wire mesh is made as a cloth with wire threads woven at right angles. Wires which run lengthwise are known as warp wires, whilst those running perpendicular are weft wires. There are two common styles of weave: plain weave and twill weave. In a plain weave every second wire is woven in, warp and weft wires run over and under each other alternately and interlock. In twilled weaving at least two wires are woven in pairs, subsequently displacing a single wire.
|Knitted Wire Mesh||Woven Wire Mesh|
|Manufacturing method||Machine knitting||Weaving|
|Manufactured form||Sock/tube (can be slit into a single layer)||Single layer cloth|
|Material structure||Inter-locking loops with variable free-space dimensions||Fixed weave structure with defined pore shape and size|
|Material deformation||Stretchable in multiple axis||Limited planar deformation|
|Post-manufacturing processes||See our Mesh Processing section||Cut to shape, folded, or pressed to form|