Customizable Knitting Needles
by jgoss, published
My wife was surprised and impressed with my results (she might have been humoring me a little) and was even able to knit with them successfully. I encourage any feedback or comments.
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There are quite a few knitters who also 3D print! Ask the folks in KnittingBots, the knitting group at MakerBot
Ha! I'm a knitter with a printer and was trying to figure out the conversions so I could print it out in the size I need.
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- no more than 0.2mm layer height (0.1mm recommended)
- raft support, especially if you select a gradual tapered tip
- HOT heatbed for ABS (110C, long, thin, little contact area, need I say more?)
I used ABS purchased from repraper.com. I had issues with the undersides of the tips being crude due to the steep angle and rafting contact, but found that they could be improved by dipping quickly in acetone and gently smoothing with flat object. My endcaps didn't fit so good and I had to use a drill bit to enlarge the holes slightly. Again a careful acetone dip for the end of the needle and the endcaps are on tight (or epoxy will work as well).
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