Cobra wire braiding machines are able to braid “soft metals” which are ductile and pliable. This is because the carriers have been designed to operate up to a tension level of 650 grams or 1.5 lbs.
Typical metals that can be braided are tinned copper, stainless steel, high performance alloys, nitinol, gold and silver. These include braid wire as listed under Federal Specification QQ-B-575C.
The number of carrier options varies from 3 to 64 including flat braids. This variety leads to the maypole machine being used in niche wire applications where a rotary braiding machine is not suitable.