P20603: 3D Braiding Machine


Project Summary Project Information

Project Statement:

Today’s industries are demanding lighter and stronger materials. Carbon, glass, and Kevlar fibers are promising to deliver these benefits, however, they are typically more expensive and time-consuming to produce than traditional materials. A 3D braiding machine could combat some of these issues by reducing manual labor. Continuous Fiber capable 3D printers already exist, however they are limited to planar application of carbon fiber. Other 3D Braiding machines exist, but are far too large and expensive for everyday use or do not integrate additive manufacturing.

The goal of this project is to design and develop a prototype braider which can weave fiber across three dimensions, which meets space, cost, function, ergonomic, and safety constraints specific to our customer. In future iterations, it will integrate with additive manufacturing to produce one cohesive part.

For the original project outline, click on the following link for the Project Readiness Package.

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Project Name
3D Braiding Machine
Project Number
Project Family
Materials Processing
Start Term
2191 (Fall 2019)
End Term
2195 (Spring 2020)
Faculty Guide (MSD I)
Dr. Alan Dawson, axdddm@rit.edu
Faculty Guide (MSD II)
Sarah Brownell, sabeie@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Dr. Denis Cormier, drceie@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
Dr. Denis Cormier, drceie@rit.edu

Team Members

From left to right: Angus

From left to right: Angus "Gus" Guider, Ryan Walter, Asa Chambal-Jacobs, Islambek "Isaac" Mussayev, Allison Moulton, Brandon Key, Shehaab Razvi

Member Role Major Contact
Asa Chambal-Jacobs Primary Point of Contact ISE amc8339@g.rit.edu
Angus "Gus" Guider Primary Purchaser ME asg7140@g.rit.edu
Brandon Key Lead Control Systems Engineer CE bxk5113@g.rit.edu
Allison Moulton Lead Mechanical Systems Engineer ME axm7254@g.rit.edu
Islambek "Isaac" Mussayev Primary Facilitator ME ixm5992@g.rit.edu
Shehaab Razvi Electrical Engineer EE ssr8907@g.rit.edu
Ryan Walter Project Manager ME rjw8222@g.rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Please see below for links to live and/or final documents related to our project.

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination



Project Goals & Key Deliverables

2191 Semester Task Schedule


Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Charts

Pugh Concept Selection


Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams






Test Plans

Software Work Flow

Preliminary Testing

Design vs. Requirements

(also see test plans)

Master Document

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper


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