Ropes are one of those things that, while possible to make by hand, having a little mechanical help goes a long way in their manufacture. [b33ma247] wanted just such a rig, so set about building one from scratch.
It’s a simple device, but one that makes the task much easier. A series of gears are printed, which assemble on to a frame to form the winding mechanism that weaves the rope. There’s also a slide, a rope separator, and a weight carriage to ensure proper tension is kept on the string during the weaving process. The mechanism is driven by a power drill, though this could be easily replaced with a hand crank if full manual operation was desired.
It’s a project which shows if you have a 3D printer, you can make a lot of other useful tools for your workshop too. We see similar approaches taken when it comes time to wind coils, too. Video after the break.
11 thoughts on “A Rope Maker You Can 3D Print At Home”
Now I have to wonder if this could be adapted to make furled leaders for fly fishing.
Exactly my thoughts …. Maybe?
Only need to make a few of those set on some larger ones that are set on a larger one still and you can roll your own transatlantic cable.
Oh, I see that tech is humorously antiquated, fine then, do it with carbon nanotubes and make a space elevator.
Or knit it all out of quantum entanglement and go back in time…
And I didn’t even know this was a problem!
My late neighbour used to make his own rope from used baler twine and I copied his. It’s much simpler than this as it doesn’t use cogs, instead having a block of wood move 3 cranks in parallel. the trade off of course is that it doesn’t rotate in a fashion suitable for mechanical powering, instead moving in a triangular circuit.
Could an electrical cable be placed through the center of the rope strands as they are twisted to form sort of a rope cable sheath?
Possibly, I think you’d want that central bolt/shaft to be hollow, to feed it through.
Twisted, not woven.
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