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This also applies to cable, chain, and webbing.

Gear that is anchored includes anchors, rocks, trees, tripods, trucks, etc.

A "bight" is a simple loop in a rope that does not cross itself.

A "bend" is a knot that joins two ropes together. Bends can only be attached to the end of a rope.

A "hitch" is a type of knot that must be tied around another object.

"Descending devices" (e.g., ATCs, Brake Bar Racks, Figure 8s, Rescue 8s, etc) create friction as their primary purpose. The friction in descending devices is always considered when calculating forces.

The "Safety Factor" is the ratio between the gear's breaking strength and the maximum load applied to the gear (e.g., 5:1).

Working with Gear Files

A list of the gear files is displayed in the lower-left corner of the Gear Builder.

Select a gear file from the list and use the New, Delete, Rename, Save, and Save As buttons to manage the files. You can press Ctrl+S from anywhere within the Gear Builder to save the currently displayed item.

If you select a gear file that is from an industry that you have not licensed, most of the controls in the Gear Builder will be disabled.

When you create gear, you are prompted to enter a filename. Files that begin with the letters "FIA" or "_FIA" ("Factory Installed Addin") are reserved for gear that is distributed with vRigger. If you save a file with either of these prefixes, it is likely that your file will be overwritten the next time you update vRigger.

The location of the gear files varies based on the version of Windows you are using. You can click the Folder button in the Gear Builder to access the gear files. Read about vRigger files.

Gear Builder links

Watch a video that explains how to create your own gear.

General page settings

Graphics page settings

Connections page settings

Ropes page settings

Forces page settings

Learn how to share the rigging gear that you create.