Diana Yan // Tracking Page


Knitting lends itself to computation very well. Here is an example of a leaf 'algorithm'. Definitions are listed at the top followed by a loop. Complexity is built on fundamentals, shown in this owl pillow. Jake shared this paper on fully 'computational-ized' Automatic Machine Knitting of 3D Meshes. My initial hypothesis is that the complicated manner current knitting machines comes from replacing a stick with hundreds of hooks.


An amazing analog 3D printer by Daniel Debruin .Here is a closer look at the 'guiding mechanism', a hand bent rod that acts as moves the print plate creating the profile of the clay vase. How can something like this be implemented in a NC knitting machine with passive adaptive mechanisms?

After falling into a youtube rabbit hole, I did find out an analog knitting machine does exhist! Behold, a Vintage Sock Knitting Machine. Around 14 minutes is where she begins the heel. Here are some photos of one of these machines from Old Tymes Stockings.

Here are some current commonitized knitting machines: Addi-Express // Openknit // Kniterate // on Etsy

D E T A I L I N G [snap-fits]

Currently I am most interested in this snap fit detailing. After helping Rob with a rebuild of Jake's CNC, I understand the allure of snap fits. To get started, here are some downloadable snap fit files from Stanford's Transformative Learning Technologies Lab.

On a tangent but related note, here are Japanese wood joinery GIFs from my favorite twitter account.

I am going to be ambitious and aim for a reversible snap fit with some compliant mechanism. Here is the first pass:

Laser cut tests below. While they did snap they did not make a good fit.

I didn't think it was going to work, the arcylic was not nearly elastic enough. But I tried it anyways and then found a really helpful paper on Use of Snap-Fit Fasteners in the Multi-Life-Cycle Design of Products.