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This is the first object I wrote from scratch and I didn't see any in Thingiverse, so I decided to upload it. Even before I started gathering parts for my Ecksbot/Prusa reprap, I worked on convincing my wife that it could be used to produce useful everyday items and potentially save us money (I'm not the first to take this angle I'm sure). She's a crafty person and promptly requested that I make her some knitting needles. Well, even before assembling the machine I knew that this would be a hard print for sure. It's been a few months, my machine has been built, tuned and cranked out several items (some useful, some not so much). Her joking inquiries about the whereabouts of her printed knitting needles are starting to get old, so here they are!
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.
If you print, I recommend the following:
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).
Customizable Knitting Needles by jgoss is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.
So what's this mean?
We're sure jgoss would love to see what you've printed - take a photo and share it on Thingiverse as a Make.
To post a Make simply visit this Thing again and click I Made One to start uploading your photo. You can also download the Thingiverse Mobile app (available via Google Play and Apple App Store) to take a photo and upload your Make right from the app!