We have featured plenty of projects here on Geeky Gadgets that have been created using 3D printing technology and a new project by a team of makers is definitely worth mentioning.
Circular Knitic is a 3D printed circular knitting machine that as the name suggest allows for circular knitting, or knitting in the round,and is a technique used to create seamless ‘tubes’ of knitted material.
The team responsible for the 3D printed machine explains:
“With the boom of digital fabrication technology, a 3D printer is gradually turning into a commodity that every creative studio has on their desk. At the same time, Fab Labs and makerspaces are a lot about hard-surfact object production while the first digital fabrication tool, an electronic knitting machine back in 1976, has been forgotten and discontinued. Hence, with this project, Circular Knitic, and our earlier one called Knitic, we aim to integrate textile fabrication to the makers’ culture.
Circular Knitic is completely open source and open design circular knitting machine that is produced by using digital fabrication tools, and thus, allows to be replicated by everyone, who has access to a 3d printing and laser cutting. By using digital fabrication and makers’ tools, like 3D printing, laser cutting, makerbeam, and Arduino, we have designed an automated and replicable circular knitting machine.”
To create your very own jump over to the Instructables website for full instruction and plans.