Next generation turf patterning
Historical examples of similar, evolutionary transitions can be humorously applied here. Let’s take a trip way back in time and visualize ancient walls decorated with crude scratchings. These early renderings were gazed upon with amazement and onlookers couldn’t imagine anything more pleasing. This held true until inventiveness yielded paints and textiles. Plentiful (modern) utensils and mediums increased the number of artists and expanded their capabilities. Back on 20th century turf. Limitation with complexity, labor intensity and processing time call for inventiveness, replace rollers, brooms, string lines and blue prints with a machine. A machine, a super large-scale printer that delivers perfectly oriented turf (blades) to a field instead of dots of ink to paper. To gain better perspective, consider the monitor you are now viewing. It is using uses about 160 dots or pixels per inch to transfer limitless information to your eye. Each pixel is about twice the width of a single hair. Now stretch your monitor 250 times to cover a soccer field and now each pixel should be about the size of a golf ball. The new process for printing on turf should be capable of rapidly changing each small patch/pixel of turf from reflected or non reflected orientation or “lay”. All of this is happening along the width of the machine’s printing “head” and while it is traveling forward at a brisk pace. So, now all that is needed is a guidance system, computer for processing instructions based on location and a digital image file so the control can access the desired commands.