Fiber-spinner maker Fiber Spinner says it’s the only company in the country making a fiber-to-the-home solution.
That’s a big deal, considering the fact that fiber-optic cables can be as expensive as $2,000 per line and can’t be installed at homes.
Fiber Spinning says it can cut costs by using a thin film of silicon nanotubes called nanostructures, which it says can reduce the weight of the cable and make it more flexible.
But that’s a bit more complex than just using silicon nanostructure, said Fiber Spine CEO and president Rob Smith.
He said he and his colleagues are using a technique called electron-beam lithography, or EBL, to shrink the material, which allows it to fit inside fiberglass or other lightweight materials.
The process allows the material to stretch without breaking and can increase the fiber density.
That allows Fiber Spins to create smaller, more flexible fiber-based modules that can be installed with just a thin layer of fiberglass.
And the more flexible they are, the better they can perform in the home, Smith said.
But in some applications, such as the installation of new wiring, the thinner fibers can become too thin to meet a house’s electrical requirements.
That could have significant implications for homes that need more room to house electrical equipment and appliances.
“We don’t think you should be building fiber into the roof or into your house,” Smith said, noting that a typical house is about 30 feet wide.
“So this is an area where fiber can really be helpful.”
Fiber Spindles fiber-glass-based fiber modules are then stacked together to create a cable.
The thinner layers allow for better strength.
Fiber-glass modules have an average length of 18 inches (46 centimeters), while the thin fibers can be up to 20 inches (52 centimeters).
Fiber-based systems have the ability to be manufactured with less material, Smith added.
“In some applications it may be just right that you have a fiber that’s thin, flexible, and very flexible,” Smith told CNN.
“The more you use it, the more it can be put into your home, but that’s not the whole story.”
The company has been testing its fiber-spinners in homes, and says it is currently working on its first commercial fiber-manufacturing plant.
But for now, the company is testing its products in the test kitchen at its home office in Pittsburgh.