The equipment was accepted by a team of ASCC engineers during the ITMA 2023 textiles conference. The 3D weaving system consists of a Series 600 shuttle weaving machine with an integrated 2,688-hook Stäubli SX jacquard and harness. It is also complemented by Optima’s compact warp delivery creel and an associated pin winder for shuttle bobbins and a spool winder for creel spools.
The system proves more advanced features over conventional weaving machines, particularly in terms of versatility — comprehensive use of digital control systems enable rapid parameter and sequence changes, coupled with an innovative shuttle system.
The equipment comes in adjacent to the deployment of a textiles microcredential, which aims to introduce students across campus and departments, the importance of textile manufacturing in the world of composites as well as their own.