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Rigid Heddle Loom

by karlparanya, published

Rigid Heddle Loom by karlparanya Sep 9, 2011

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This is not the most efficient way to make a rigid heddle loom, but it works. There are definitely some parts that need some editing, the heddle needs to be stronger, as do the front and back round beams. Also, the openSCAD files should be parameterized to accomodate any sized loom and heddle.

The loom took a lot of time/plastic to print and I don't expect anyone else to print it, but it was a great way to learn some openSCAD and to combine two of my hobbies.

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I was also curious, and found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

now how i use it? :)

Nicely done. what is the weaving width, and is that a 5 dent reed?

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RfavelaCW on Jan 22, 2014 said:

now how i use it? :)

DoctorWoo on Mar 28, 2014 said:

I was also curious, and found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Shaylana on Nov 6, 2013 said:

Nicely done. what is the weaving width, and is that a 5 dent reed?

stitchwitch on Sep 2, 2013 said:

When are you going to add instructions for printing this thing? I would like to print one for myself but I don't like guessing how many of each piece I need to print

aliceaod on Jul 24, 2013 said:

I'm new to this whole 3D printing thing. I found out about this loom on Facebook. Can anyone recommend a 3D printer service in Western Washington or where I can bring this to have the heddle, ratchets, pawls and shed blocks printed? The frame is easy enough to make out of wood. Any idea of the cost for printing these parts? If it's too expensive then I can purchase them elsewhere but the idea of 3D printing them is just too cool.

stitchwitch on Oct 22, 2013 said:

You should try finding a makerspace in your area chances of them having a 3d printer are good.

MoustacheTattoo on Jun 28, 2013 said:

Hi I've been printing the parts to this loom. Can you post simple instructions on assembly? Also, is it safe to assume you print 1 of each part and 2 sets of the sides?

TimboInSpace on Dec 24, 2012 said:

Very nice! I've been hoping to build my own version of a knitting-loom in the future. I hope someone automates this with some servos! :D

mmmlinux on Dec 22, 2012 said:

how come you didnt print the shuttle as well?

IcanCwhatUsay on Dec 21, 2012 said:

Ooooh! Gotta video?

yzorg on Nov 25, 2011 said:


@Mattmoses Agreed!

now automatize it with steppers and arduino ;)

i would love to have an automated tube-knitting-heddle-loom. for example we could make experimental coils using thin wires. or making flexible fishing-line tubes for use as cableguides.

mattmoses on Sep 24, 2011 said:

This is cool. Have you thought about using metal rods for the frame, combined with printed pieces for the brackets, kind of like the way the reprap Mendel is put together? It would reduce the print time a lot and might make it easier to make and use.

Also, any chance you design us something mechanized like this

or this


creuzerm on Dec 21, 2012 said:

I could see using a PVC plumbing pipe as well for the frame. Just print the 'difficult' parts.

Botfarm88 on Sep 10, 2011 said:

This is amazing very well done I think I will start printing it today!!

fdavies on Sep 10, 2011 said:

Wow, this is really cool!

I have always had a thing for looms and it is great to see one here. The whole idea of printing a machine that can make things is great, too.


karlparanya on Sep 10, 2011 said: