Using Coated Cables to Create Fun Climbing Structures for Kids
This customer is Luckey Climbers. They are an innovative design and build firm that creates children’s climbing structures for museums, playgrounds, and other venues. Founded in 1985, the company is currently run by President Spencer Luckey. Their website says it all: “We are committed to building structures that make life more fun. We are also serious about building safe structures, and we go to great lengths to ensure safety.”
The company’s unique three-dimensional structures are a combination of fun for kids in addition to being sculpture in form. Each of their bespoke designs offers a one of a kind experience for the children who get to climb them.
We began working with Luckey Climbers when they inquired about phthalate free coated cable. They’ve been using it as netting in order to create the safety requirements for these truly interesting and unique “jungle gyms” for kids. Phthalates are used in some applications as plasticizers – substances that will increase flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity of the product. However, for the assembly built from this cable to be safe for use by children it needed to be in-line with the CPSIA ban on phthalates in children’s products.
Because of the special nature of the request by Luckey Climbers, we worked carefully to offer a solution that was phthalate free while matching the requirements of the application. Durable and resistant to rust, moisture, dust, dirt, and heavy impact that can lead to damage, our phthalate free coated cable offered the flexibility and safety needed by Luckey Climbers.
The coated cable found in Luckey Climbers’ structures is typically included in the climbing portions of the structure as well as the walls and platforms. What is interesting is that, when watching the children scrambling throughout the climbing area, it gives the illusion that everything is “floating” in the air. In fact, Luckey Climbers often refer to their projects as “invisibly-supported structures.”
One of the company’s projects is called the Formel Fun Climber. It is currently located in Switzerland and was created in 2013. The body of the structure is that of a “zigzag” and transforms a child’s playtime into movement similar to a ball. The goal of this playground is to convey the spirit and overall idea that the children playing are like balls, bouncing between the floors and ceiling. The design of this playground radiates energy with its angles, colorful discs, and one-of-a-kind design.
Luckey Climbers playgrounds are located in children’s museums around the world. It is a chance for children to receive a diverse and one-of-a-kind interactive experience, and Lexco Cable is proud to provide some of the coated cable used to create these playgrounds.
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