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Eventual capabilities of the 4 axis machine

The 4 axis machine currently looks pretty good at winding pressure vessels. But I would one day like to wind complex bicycle related parts like T joints and elbows. These seems to be able to be filament wound (videos below) and I was wondering if these kinds of functionalities are likely to be added to x winders?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YptjAPK0QE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3S_hc1_Sbc

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  • Hi,

    My company is interested to buy several Xwinders. Anyone has any contact number or email at this company ?

    Their web site has been down for a while and I don't have any name or phone number.

    My email is j.rennetaud@hiwin.com    Company: www.hiwin.com

  • Hi Guilford,

    That is some great advice! I am currently giving the X winder a break while I work on some other projects but am looking forward to the time I crank it back up and try and get these kinds of parts spinning!

    J. 

  • Hi Jeremy. I just joined the Forum, but have been looking at the X-winder for some time. Still out of my price reach for now. I watched the two videos you listed. As far as I can tell, the current 4-axis machine should be able to make "T's" and the basic 2-axis could make the  smaller elbows (up to the 6" diameter  rotation of the mandrel). All is needed is the correct G-code.

    Sorry, I'm not a G-coder! Try checking at the local Community College Tech Center which teaches CNC machining. Ask the Instructor/Professor if he has a 'cracker jack' student that might be willing to tackle the problem for a few $$. Or, the Instructor may consider it as a Class Project. I've run problems by a industrial Engineering prof at Ga Tech, who listed it  as a possible design project for his students. I ended up with three teams working on it!

    GV Smith

    • Guilford, 

      Any chance you know anyone who is in that position?

      Ultimately, The software simply is designed for A circle, or a tapered circular tube. 

      If we could change that static shape of the circle, by entering a 2D side slice of the actual tube perimeter, this would improve winding accuracy.

      If we could add a STL or IGES or STEP file that has the actual 3D model, then perhapse, the software can calculate changing shaped also.

      Nick

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