Engineer an Automated Wrapping Machine

Build a machine that can make plane fuselage by wrapping a mold just like Boeing’s carbon fiber placement machines.

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Inspiration Video

Suggested Materials

  • cardboard tubes
  • cardboard
  • dowels or bamboo skewers
  • rubber bands
  • string, ribbon, yarn or tape (anything that can wrap)
  • paper clips
  • straws
  • scissors


  • motors
  • gears
  • alligator clips
  • battery
  • battery case
  • hot glue

Difficulty Level


This design challenge may require complex motor skills, understanding of abstract concepts, or unusual materials to build.