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  1. Carlos Luque


    Somos empresa de marqueting pero en mis inicios trabaje en la empresa familiar y conozco muy bien el sector textil y me gustaría conoceros y colaborar ya que me parede una idea fantástica.

    Un saludo

  2. ARISTIDES Alexandre

    Hello, I am doing the same thing in my side, alone for the moment, I really enjoy this project I hope we can work together!

    kind regards,

  3. Nik

    hello, its a wonderfull project, i was suscribed to the osloom project, but it seems to be dead.
    i hope i can collaborate with the project.

  4. Robert McCulla

    Based in Scotland U.K. just outside Edinburgh. I have been a hand knitter since the age of 13years and do a lot of work for others. Being a Costume Designer in both Film and Television as well as Theatre (British spelling) Opera I always include knitwear in all that I do. Hope all is well with this project and wish to be included in this.

    1. openknit Post author

      thanks Robert! you can be included in the project whenever you want, expertise is needed! :)
      kind regards,

    1. Gerard Post author

      sounds great Nick! any ideas? do you have or know anybody that access to schools for trying it? :)
      thanks! gerard

      1. Malcolm

        Hi Gerard.

        I work in a secondary school that offers textiles from age 11 to 16.

        We have a couple of 3D printers and a laser cutter to help with construction. Getting the DT department to 3D print things can take a while so I’m just waiting for the parts for a Reprarp Prusa to arrive then I’m planning on building my own openknit machine (I can extract the printed parts from the sketchup file to print). Hopefully then I’ll be able to both bring the machine to work and help with any development I can (I knit and crochet a lot for people anyway – hopefully I’ll be able to help develop this to take some of the load off me as I gift everything!)

        If you’re interested in a school build I’ll speak to the STEM group (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as I’m sure it comes under at least 2 of those categories – hopefully can get some kids to put one together :)


        1. Malcolm

          Extra thought – we have locally a “Resource exchange”. They basically source/collect unwanted materials from local manufacturers etc and sell them on (at a very small cost) for projects. My local one is here:

          They quite often have yarn in – I imagine as a “community resource” an openknit machine could be a lovely thing for people to have access too (and might encourage more take-up of traditional knitting)

          1. Gerard Post author

            Hi Malcom!
            Building an OpenKnit machine for a school would be awesome, please let me know if you need any help (I guess you’ll need it, documentation is still incomplete), I’d love to contribute on that :)
            Reusing old yarn is a lovely idea, I’ve been thinking for a while about a machine that can convert old clothing into a yarn spool, I’ll probably work on that when the machine works better…

            Looking forward to hearing more from you,
            Thank you!

  5. Mike

    This is a totally awesome project. Would you happen to be looking for some help on development? I’m part of a hackerspace in California and a few of our members are very interested in this project and may be willing to lend a hand with MCAD and programming.

    1. Gerard Post author

      thanks Mike! I definitely need some help on the development, there’s a lot of work to do :)
      best approach would be to have a machine to test, I would be happy to assist you on that, let me know what you think.
      best regards, gerard

  6. rol eic

    Hello Gerard,

    thanks for your very interesting project. However I use open source SW exclusively (Linux) and I cannot read your 3D-file in SKP format. Would it be possible to export it also in an open format like STEP, IGES, OBJ? I am using FreeCAD ( which is open source. The sooner you use open 3D-format the sooner your contributer community will grow. Your marvelous present status of the project could be improved e.g. by color pattern knitting, structure pattern knitting, ribbing and possibly increasing production speed. etc etc. :-)
    Thanks, rol eic

    1. Gerard Post author

      hi Rol Eic, thanks for your thoughts, you’re right. I’ve been using SketchUp because it’s easy and free to use but as you mention, I would be great to have an open source format version. I’m working on a new iteration that I’ll publish in a month from now that will also include an open source file format :) thanks!

      1. Rol Eic

        Thanks for considering open formats. In the meantime I have learned that Sketchup can export in the “Collada”-format (*.dae) which is an open format. (Step or IGES seem not to be supported)
        Numerous open source 3D-Programs can read Collada among them also FreeCad. I believe here are also translator-webpages from Collada to other formats.

  7. Sherry hogan

    I am a machine knitter , and it seems to be a dying art. What you have presented here, could renew interest in machine knitting to a whole new generation as it marries the technology with the craft. I am fascinated with what you are doing and want to keep up to date on your progress.
    Great work!!!!

  8. Max

    Hey Gerard,
    As soon as I saw your project I knew I needed to try to make one. I have so much respect for you and what you are doing! But I’m more in the knitting scene, and don’t have a lot of experience with Sketchup, arduino, or assembling machines. I don’t even know where to get half of these parts in America. Do you have any advice as to how to start this project?

  9. April

    Wow! I sure would like to buy one. I am in the United States. When will this come out for sale? Electronic knitting machines are very expensive. I don’t like the ones where you have to manually move the cartridge back and forth. What’s the point of calling it electronic? I like automation. Like the gadget for the Brother knitting machine the G attachment. That is a great invention. But this one beats it. Can’t wait. I hope the price won’t be so high that all I can do is look at it. Please let me know.

  10. agusti

    hola , soy Agustín de Lleida y tengo una pequeña tienda de camisetas que estampo yo mismo.
    Visite El Festival fab ,el fin de semana del 5 y 6 de julio y vi la tricotosa , me gusto mucho , a me gustaría cómprala pero en la revista de fab dices de construirla uno mismo me podrías explicar mas , estoy en Lérida y podría hacer una visita , saludos Agustín

  11. Chris Berranger

    Hi Gerard,

    Great project. I think I’m going to jump on board and try and recreate what you’ve done here. Are you still working on this?

  12. Adrian

    This project is owesome, I’m a designer and I see a machine that can knit anything is only matters of creativity imagine the same technique with recycle PET, for say one, I’m interested in have one and we how can add mor needles? Anyway please send me a info, cost all to begin. Takes so much.

    1. Gerard Post author

      Thanks Adrian! All the info is on the GitHub repo, I’m creating an assembly manual with the Waag Society and soon we will upload it to Instructables, stay tuned! Best,

  13. Dr Froggy

    Dear Gerard,

    one word: impressive
    I saw your work because I was looking for a metal knitted tissue made of say 0,4mm or 0,3 mm thin copper wire. I was in Berlin there you can see a circular knitting machine in the german museum for technology, which is producing copper based tubes. THis can serve as metallic sponges to clean dirty pans. Or to make socks… There you can see gold like bronze socks… for what purpose one would like to have a bronze sock… Do not ask me.
    As Adrian mentionned, using a PET bottle transformed into a very thin wire (some instructables are available) can become a scarf, same for anything people can make into a wire. I really think your work is awesome and can be extended a bit.
    From what I saw you definitively need more stiching pattern. However I have no idea how you can do that.
    More stiching possibilities using the same set up will allow to print 2 D image in a manner of black and white image skizze. or Even slight volume differences.
    One more time I cannot tell how you can achieve that. To help you I would have to study everything from how the needle work. (For that reason if the 3D printed part would have been transparent maybe from the video it would have been easier to perceive.
    I have not the time or the energy at the moment but I really see a lot of potential down there.
    If you will be able to do so (I mean enhance the technology to a further level), I do believe that you will maybe be able to start a Crowdfunding campaign to spread worldwide your project!

    I am questionning you about the material, I am feared that some materials could break while the process is in progress. did you experience some failures? why?

    another point: can you down scale it (i mean making it twice smaller, including the needles? not dividing the number of needles)

    again impressive work ;)

  14. XY Lin

    I am quite interested in your 3D open source knitting machine. I have some enquiries would you please kindly give me some suggestions?

    1. Does the components of your machine need to be purchased by ourselves according to your BOM? Is there any one which is ready to be send?
    2. If the components need to be assembled by ourselves, is it quite difficult?
    3. In my application, I want to knit a sock with several pockets on it. For both the sock and the pocket on the sock consist 2 different types of yarns. May I ask is it possible for your 3D knitting machine could such application?

    1. Gerard Post author

      Hi XY Lin,
      1. components have to be purchased by yourself, I’m not selling anything by now.
      2. getting involved in an open source hardware project requires time and patience to solve some problems on your own, because the documentation is not complete yet, although, in a couple of weeks an assembly manual will be published making the process much easier.
      3. an OpenKnit machine currently is not able to create pockets. It can only work with one yarn at a time.
      Let me know if you have more doubts!
      Best, gerard.

  15. Lambert Odile

    I just love the openknit project. I am trying to start a project with exactly the same purpose but a different means. I have the idea that it is possible to use the old knitting machines or our mothers ( the ones that are no longer built nor maintained) and put an electronic robot on them and connect it to a pile of software to make it very easy to use. I am an old machine knitter (about 50 years of experience) and also a retired computer science engineer.

    I am in contact with a hackerspace in France to launch this project. May be we could work together.



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