Posted on February 27, 2008 by Tom Angleberger
The dream is a fully automatic loom.
The quality of the fabric won’t matter as long as I’ve got a machine that weaves – flying shuttle and all. This will probably require the use of a Lego Robot NXT kit.
The reality right now is a working hand loom, which uses a crank to both raise and lower the threads AND advance the fabric by rolling up the finished product.
Here I am in action. There’s no flying shuttle yet, it has to be passed back and forth by hand.
And here’s the finished product.
As you can see by the nicer looking weave on the left, the loom really works. As you can see by the loosely woven mess on the right the machine requires adjustment. The rolling up axle needs to be geared down, but I’ve used every gear that came with the kit.
So far I’ve spent $20-30, but to complete the dream I estimate a cost of about $300. (For the Lego Robot brain and motors.) I have not yet been authorized to make that expenditure, so the industrial revolution will have to wait.
In the meantime if you know any people with really tiny necks, I’ll be glad to make him a scarf.
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