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Bot-of-the-Cloth by frankie Feb 22, 2011

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A fabric-based portable XY gantry. The two driving ideas behind the design are the way in which the string is wound in order to achieve two degrees of freedom, and the notion of 3D printing components with eyelets so that they can be sewn onto fabric.

The components were printed on a Dimension FDM machine with support material. Some post-processing was necessary to enlarge holes for bearing shafts and bearings. I'd imagine that you could print on a Makerbot and still get a useable component after additional post-print work. I'm using surplus gearhead motors which I found on ebay, but stepper motors could be easily adapted by changing the drive holder.

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newtextiles link is broken :(

I´ve made a remix of your project. Its simply a proof of concept...
how can i share the original files?

CoreXY works perfect!

just put it into your google gdrive or dropbox or into git hub(best) and tell the world!

I don't get how the strings are routed.

Cool, but what's it do?

Cool, so...it draws on fabric? Can it cut? Seems like with the axies relying on the tension of those lines to keep them straight it wouldn't be able to actually push a toolhead through a material.

Maybe you could use those folding fiberglass rods for tents as collapsible linear guides. Slide them into channels along the perimeter (maybe diagonally too) and use them to keep the tool head in place.

Or, you could turn it into a polar-coordinate design (a big circle) and maybe it wouldn't need
the table to keep it rigid.

Actually, just use the edges of the table as linear guides.

nice!... next step: the liquid cnc ;)

Thank you so much for sharing this. I'm excited to watch your progress. RSS feed subscribed!

Very interesting. This would be great for Space applications since the footprint is small when rolled up and it's light weight.

Wait.. What? Is this a replacement for Clothbot????

Heck no! We are legion, yada yada...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

hey Clothbot...do you think they adjusted the name for this awesome tool to avoid clashing with your handle?