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Maypole Braiding Machine

Creation's quality: 4.3/5 (21 votes)
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3D model description

This package will allow you to build your very own Maypole braider. Not only will you learn the inner workings of a complex manufacturing mechanism, you can also produce your own rope or prefab composite braids!

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Braider can produce variable angles with variable bobbin speeds. Maximum output speed of braid is 1meter/30seconds. Does not include electrical wiring instructions yet, message/email if interested. Arduino code has been attached. If there are any incidents with the files, please let me know and I will repair the problem.

Files include inventor and stl files, along with instructions for assembly. 39 STL Files. Requires fasteners and electrical components for assembly, listed within the files.

3D printing settings

Typically 2 walls with 20%infill. 3 top and bottom layers. Designed to avoid support wherever possible.

  • 3D file format: ZIP
  • Last update: 2020/02/17 at 17:48
  • Publication date: 2020/02/14 at 00:03



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I am a soon graduating mechanical engineer from Canada. I live for design and 3d printing, and have been printing continuously for the last 8 years. Personal engineering interests include composite engineering, manufacturing design, and mechatronics.



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Two questions: First, is it parameterized to allow for printing a setup with different numbers of maypole braids (12-strand?), and second, the braid in the image is a loose weave. I see you have a constant bobbin tensioner as well. How did that change the tightness of the weave?

At least one 1kg roll. Depends on your infill settings. I used 2 standard rolls, but that was due to multiple iterations of different parts.

How much material do you need to print?

I'll answer you here: the most important devices is a 5V 3A strong dc motor. Dyno specs are included on the motor I used. And a 28byj48 stepper with driver. And something to drive everything, I used an arduino uno. And a power supply. I used a 5V wall supply. Motor and arduino powered from supply

Then there are buttons, logic level mosfet for "high" current flow, ultrasonic sensor and lcd display/buttons.

got a short list of extra supplies needed to make this?? fasteners are a given, but a list of electronics are needed would be helpful in deciding if i have what it takes (parts n pieces) to build this before buying the design.. THNX :)

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