Product Design ideas/inspiration needed to resolve product design bottleneck!
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I am looking for an experienced and creative product engineer or industrial design person to assist in resolving a design feature with a component of a new product. The product incorporates a ~3 inch wide (8cm) x 1/8 inch thick (3mm) woven polyester/elastic fabric band that needs to be both adjustable in length and durable. The overall range of adjustment will be approximately 5 inches (12.5cm)...so if the shortest version of the band was 32 inches it would be adjustable up to 37 inches in length. Due to the stretch characteristics of the band and the expected load, typical 'buckle' type strap adjusters, tri-bars and other conventional strap adjustment devices would likely (?) create too much friction and wear at the point of contact/interface.
The final version of the band when connected and adjusted needs to look clean/attractive like a well designed product.
The band will effectively end up as a closed loop once connected, so I envision one free end which will need to be cleanly attached to the band (think of the left over bit when you tighten your belt); but in such a way as to not increase the overall resistance of the loop (due to a 'double up' where the band overlaps) beyond what it would be if the loose end beyond point of attachment had been cut off.
Any mechanism which requires sewing (i.e. - a buckle component, or attachment of velcro, etc) should consider that there will be stretching across the entire attachment point and any seam will be repeatedly stretched under pressure. Any zones where a non-stretchable component meets with or is fixed to the stretchable fabric will be under repeated stress.
I require a resource with experience in product design/engineering that can digest my product performance requirements and come up with some creative ideas to address the problem using conventional manufacturing techniques and/or existing componentry. Cost is a critical factor, so I am hoping for a solution that can be easily implemented with commonly available supplies.
I expect that the solution is likely a simple one, but my limited experience in this area has resulted in frustrating delays in implementing the product concept.
I've attached a top and side view photo of the fabric band for your reference.
Thanks in advance for your help!