Customizable rubber band loom fishtail maker

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Customizable rubber band loom fishtail maker by kastner Oct 14, 2013


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Turns out rubberband "rainbow loom"s are totally a thing now. I wanted an easier way to make circular chains like the "fishtail" and "hexafish" so I created this 3d printable mini-loom.

You can control the number of pins, spacing and other things, but you'll need to play around with the variables to get something usable (the defaults are fine though)


Instructions in this video (I can't seem to embed):

The hexafish video I refer to (for finishing off the ends) is here:

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Some helpful folks on the Taz forum figured it out. It turns out the retraction on my printer was set too fast, and it was losing steps. All the little jumps between pins was causing it to lose too many steps on the filament drive. Slowing down retraction speed in the printer firmware fixed it.

I can't test out slicing this with Slic3r at the moment (but can tonight). I've been using KISSlicer for printing this, and it's gone fine. If you want, send me your gcode (kastner at gmail) and I can see if there's anything that stands out as an issue.

I've tried printing this several times, but am having trouble. The base prints great, but just when it starts printing the pins, the filament retracts all the way out of the print head. The printer keeps going, but nothing is extruded after that point. It happens consistently like this every time. I'm using Slic3r .99 on a Lulzbot Taz 2.
Any ideas what causes this?

Sounds like your retract setings are to large/big so when it is retracting the filament between each "tower" it never gets it back to the tip before the next tower ends then it retracts again. reduce that value in the slicer and you should have better luck

make it fully automatic would be awesome!

Great idea! I put two videos in the instructions section.

I'm also interested, but just from your picture and having no experience, I have no idea how to make it work. A video or more detailed instructions would be a great help!

Looks interesting! Would you be able to make a short video on how it works? Thanks