Hey! This thing is still a Work in Progress. Files, instructions, and other stuff might change!

Maypole Machine (in work)

by Sienna Dec 28, 2017
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Dear Sienna! Thank you for this design! I have printed one using HP Multi Jet Fusion and it is amazing! I’m going to upload photos of my results soon.

I am sorry to bother you but can I ask you a huge favor. I going to drive this braiding machine using stepper motor and I would like to ask you if you can generate a pinion gear, please. With the STL model I can't do that.

I thank you in advance for your reply,

There was the basics for it in the SCAD file, but I obviously did not finish it or export it as an STL. I have uploaded a new file called 'drivegear-5mm-m3.stl". I believe I had tested the drive gear in the past, but I am not sure. It should fit a standard NEMA17 5mm shaft, and will use standard M3 hardware to lock onto the shaft.
(There is also a version for a 1/4" shaft called drivegear-i1-4-m3.stl)

But its going to be a while before I get a chance to print a copy to see how well my memory works.

Looking forward to a picture of your machine!

Very interesting design! I am studying the openscad file (going to build 4 gears and maybe 8 gears versions) but cannot find sources of 'Wedge' module and "hardware.scad" file that you used. Can you share these dependencies or help to find it?

Thanks for taking an interest! Certainly, I can post a link to it:
(Having just uploaded it....)

Hardware.scad should include Wedge.

Sienna's Hardware.SCAD file....
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I am very interested in this I hope you have lots of free time this winter.

Has there been any updates to this design? It's really cool and I'd love to have a go at making it.

Unfortunately, no. These designs typically only advance when I take time off work in the winter.

This is a little confusing. Can you share a 3d model of the entire assembly please?

I would like to express interest in this design. I've been looking for legitimate braiding machines for rope/line making. Most rope making machines are for twisted rope. Thank you for your work!

I'm in the process of printing your design. Do you have assembly instructions? Or a list of quantities of each object that are needed? I notice the files are for a four section unit. Thanks.

Nope! Unfortunately I have no user documentation.

I will give one piece of instruction:
Stick with either the "5H" or "6H" versions of the gears and spool guides (don't mix them). That determines what pattern and how many bobbins you can use. (by default, I would recommend the 6H.)

For the default files as posted, you will need two sets of "A" (gear and spool guide), and two sets of "B" (gear and spool guide).

The bottoms attach together with "OpenLock" clips. (Which probably is not obvious, sorry.) This is how I am getting around small print beds right now.

Belle réalisation, je vais me pencher sur le fichier Openscad pour le comprendre et rapidement tester le fonctionnement. C'est vraiment cool d'avoir la possibilité d'adapter les pièces si besoin