Designers of high-performance composite components rediscover the art of stitching.
A 3D Braiding Machine
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.
ALTIN Nähtechnik GmbH, (+49) 3447/595-406, altin-altenburg.de
European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., Corporate Research Center Germany, +49 89 607 22713, www.eads.com
Herzog Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co.,+49 (0)441-3008300, herzog-online.com
Institute for Textile Technology of the Aachen University of Technology (ITA),+49 (0)241/80 95621, www.ita.rwthaachen.de/en/index.htm
KSL Keilmann Sondermaschinenbau GmbH,(+49) 062 51/96 20-0, ksl-gmbh.de