A 3D braiding machine builds almost any sized cross-section profile up to 93 in. <sup />2 </sup>(600 cm2) with a wide range of fiber orientations within the braid.

A 3D braiding machine builds almost any sized cross-section profile up to 93 in. 2 (600 cm2) with a wide range of fiber orientations within the braid.


EADS-CRC worked jointly with German-based Herzog Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co., Oldenburg, and ITA, Aachen, on a braiding machine that builds complex profiles with a 3D fiber architecture. The system uses a 12 by 12 array of horn gears to move a series of bobbins along tracks. Pneumatic switches individually select the bobbins to generate nearly any cross-section shape. The device can also produce a wide range of fiber orientations within the braids as well as continuously change the profile cross section.

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