A robot to weave carbon fibers

KUKA weaving with carbon fibre from Basia Dż on Vimeo.

As part of her end-of-studies project, Basia Dżaman, a Polish student from the School of Form, a Polish school of design, modified one of KUKA’s robotic arm in order to wave carbon fibers. The student in design started to make parts thanks to a 3D printer. Once the parts installed on the industrial robot, it can weave carbon fibers according to the model programmed by the operator. By coating it with resin before weaving, it becomes solid just as would do classic carbon fibers.

Basia Dżaman designed the 3D parts with Rhinoceros software, which enables to modify each part according to the stitches wanted by the operator. Each part takes 3 to 5 hours to be 3D printed. For her graduation project, Basia Dżaman used the robotic arm to make traditional Polish stitches, called “snutki”. In spite of the quite limited interest in this stitches, this project opens up the scope of possibilities as regards the manufacturing of objects in carbon fibers. For Basia Dżaman, this project “has proven to be a versatile process which leaves many possibilities open for exploration in the future.”

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Posted Jul 24, 2015 by Carlos Perez on Rhino News, etc.