A Robotic Loom You Can Build at Home
Barcelona designer creates an open source machine that lets you 'print' your next favorite sweater at home
Designer Gerard Rubio has come up with an open source computerized loom that will fit right in the living room and could knit a seamless, usable garment in under an hour.
The GitHub page for OpenKnit provides a complete blueprint for anyone to make their own knitwear printer. According to Rubio, a working model will set you back for just under $710.
The loom is fascinating to watch. The needles and hooks on the skeletal machine handles the yarn with surprising accuracy while thread guides on thin metal poles sway back-and-forth keeping the yarn supply unabated.