A machine that helps with braiding or weaving
After the utter disappointment that was my last machine, a good portion of this assignment was dedicated to just finding out what went wrong. After many hours of frustration and troubleshooting I learned that apparently my laptop will no longer upload Arduino codes directly. As such, this entire project had to be tethered to my desktop.
Originally my goal was to have a machine that could braid three strings with minimal human intervention. However, after testing and failing I came to realize that the machine worked best with a human operator moving the middle string (the control string). With the servo handling a simple criss-cross motion, different patterns with the middle string can create a number of different braids.
Instructions for operation:
1- Cut 3 even lengths of string
2-Tie one end of a strand on to each of the hooks in the box.
3-Tie the other ends onto a rod- a pencil is an easy solution
4-Between those two knots, attach the third string. It should hang loose between those two
5-Activate the machine by plugging it into the computer (do NOT under any circumstances try to upload a sketch to the Arduino after this point.)
6-Weave the control string while moving the rod with the other
-Early hook and servo placement -At one point a send servo was attached to the rod- this was scrapped
-scrapped 2 servo design -First successful braid -Closeup of the connection hooks -Finished machine -string test