Varible Diameters

Hello Everyone,

 Still very new to winding and so far things are moving forward easily. I have a project to do with a cylinder that has different diameters and tapered sections throughout the length maintaining a constant thickness. Has anyone had success doing similar shapes and if so could you point me in the right direction ??

Thanks !!!

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  • Hey Stan,

    The best way I've found thus far is to write each segment as as it's own program, then do a ton of cut and pasting. My project demands a continuous filament so I couldn't run each segment independently because of the homing move at the beginning. My solution has some trial and error to say the least. From what I can see the software deals with either constant diameter or constant taper. Our projects vary seldom have geometry that simple. I had to pay attention to speed and feed changes between each segment and fudge a lot in between each segment. Our project contained 23 layers with angles 45,80,90,and 0 then alternating. this the software did great. We had 8 different diameters and 7 taper sections as well. I wish I had a better answer to these kinds of winding requirements other then buying a high grade software which I haven't looked into much to see if it can even handle this. I can tell you the machine can handle the code and perform very well, it's the software that's holding it back for sure. If you have an understanding of G&M code you can get through it. Not easy but possible.

  • Hi John,

    Any luck with your wind? I am just wondering as I will be doing similar project soon, which involves non uniform cross section and wind at angles varying between 30°-50°. 

    Please let me know if you managed to find some interesting info. 

  • High wind angles may get you close to the results you want.

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