Osloom 2

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osloom 2

Basic Data

Category: Looms

URL (first publication): http://www.osloom.org/

Keywords: Loom, weaving machine

License: TARP Open Hardware License

Project status: Inactive

Technical documentation

Maturity of the project: prototype

CAD files are editable: Yes

Assembly instructions are published: No

Bill of materials is published: No


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Project management

Open-o-meter: 2

Product category: Arts & Entertainment



OSLOOM (short for OPEN SOURCE LOOM) is a project aimed at creating an open source electromechanical thread-controlled floor loom that will be computer controlled. A (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loom loom) is a device used to weave fabric. The loom itself will be a Jacquard style loom. Jacquard looms allow for the individual control of each thread which in turn allows for photographic imagery to be woven. Jacquard looms like this exist commercially but they are very expensive (upwards of $30,000) which puts them out of reach for individuals and small educational facilities.The OSLOOM could be produced way more economically than that and truly revolutionize what the studio weaver could accomplish. The idea of a do it yourself open source loom is one that not only artists could benefit from but many individuals and learning centers could gain a resource by building one of these looms as well.OSLOOM would have an impact on (but not limited to) the following communities/sectors:artists, DIY/makers, studio weaves, educational, institutions (large and small), textile designers, developing countries. I believe that in order for a loom such as OSLOOM to have the greatest amount of impact it would need to operate on an open source platform. Therefore the software to operate the loom will be (http://www.tapr.org/ohl.html GPL) (General Public Licensed) and the hardware will be (http://www.tapr.org/ohl.html OHL) (Open Hardware Licensed). This would allow other individuals or groups to create this loom or to further develop this loom in the form of a derivative loom.This project is inspired by (http://fab.cba.mit.edu/ MIT's FabLab) concept and other open source hardware projects such as the (http://reprap.org/bin/view/Main/WebHome RepRap) and (http://fabathome.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page Fab@Home) 3D rapid prototypers and the many do it yourself CNC projects available already.

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