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Class 7: OPEN SOURCE HARDWARE - from fibers to fabrics#

Global Instructors : Mar Canet & Varvara Guljajeva

The class explores the open source hardware field in general and focuses on its potential in the area of textile. How to update obsolete machines for producing textile? How to take advantage of digital fabrication and open source technology to come up with an open source machine for knitting, weaving and invent new techniques.

This class focuses on the importance of the techniques, tools and machines that create traditional fabrics. The lecture will give an overview on the evolution of these tools and how these impact production and manufacturing, with the focus on hacking, both machines and tools, and creating open source accessible machinery for a broader public.

Program outline

  • Intro teachers
  • Techniques & history
  • Knitting
  • History
  • Knitting as first manufacturing home machine
  • Weaving
  • history
  • Machines
  • knitting machines
    • mechanical
    • electronic
    • digital / industrial
  • looms
    • mechanical
    • electronic
    • digital industrial
  • open source machines & hacking machines
  • knitic
  • circular knitic
  • open knit -> kniterate
  • updating the industry with new tools, democratizing machines


  • Various materials from the lab, open to instructor


  • Software: CAD / CAM
  • Machines

  • laser cutter

  • big milling machine
  • electronics setup


You can choose any of the following:

  • Hack or modify an existing machine
  • Build a toolhead for an existing machine
  • Build a new machine
  • Restore an old machine

Evaluation and assessment

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