P20603: 3D Braiding Machine

Problem Definition

Table of Contents

Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

Our team planned to complete a few key deliverables during the problem definition phase. This includes conducting our customer interview, completing the required information for EDGE, and establishing a project plan and schedule for the remainder of MSD 1. Additionally, we went through team building activities inside and outside of class and started to accelerate through the forming phase.

We conducted our customer interview with Dr. Cormier and validated a lot of our initial assumptions on project requirements. We were able to reevaluate use scenarios and priority levels for customer requirements. It was a successful meeting and we look forward to future discussions with Dr. Cormier.

All of the required content for our EDGE site has been completed by the design review. Every team member contributed and no conflicts occurred. Customer and Engineering requirements, problem statement, use cases, and the design review presentation had team consensus and participation.

To summarize, we accomplished what we planned to do and are on track to have a successful semester.

Project Summary

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.

Use Cases

Scenario 1

Scenario 1

Scenario 2

Scenario 2

Scenario 3

Scenario 3

For more recent updates, please see the live Use Scenario document.

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

By the end of the project, our customer can expect to have access to:

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Customer Requirements.

Customer Requirements. "1" indicates high importance, while "3" indicates relatively lower importance.

For more recent updates, please see the live Customer Requirements document.

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

The following engineering requirements are pending review with the customer. Once finalized, they will represent the agreed upon metrics that define satisfactory fulfillment of the customer's needs.

Engineering Requirements.

Engineering Requirements. "1" indicates high importance, while "3" indicates relatively lower importance.

For more recent updates, please see the live Engineering Requirements document.




House of Quality

 House of Quality

House of Quality

To view the file more in details, please see the live House of Quality document.

Design Review Materials

Plans for next phase

By the end of Phase 2, we would like to have finished research and benchmarking, understand why the bottle braiding team’s machine didn’t work, refine engineering requirements (OSHA, quantitative), brainstormed a variety of feasible designs (electrical, mechanical, and control scheme), and selected a design to move forward to detailed design with.

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