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ZHAO YifanBy ZHAO Yifan
First created
ZHAO YifanBy ZHAO Yifan
First created
HK$ 1,360
pledged of HK$ 5,000pledged of HK$ 5,000 goal
7
backers
20days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 9 2018 2:59 AM UTC +00:00.

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About

Knotting is an ancient skill, and a particulaly useful one even in the modern society of the 21st century. 

With a simple rope you can create a wide variety of different forms to do so many things, and that's the charm of knots. 

I myself is a fanboy of knotting, unfortunately I am not very gifted in knotting too. When I'm in need of anything that's beyond a shoelace tie or the basic square knot...well that's when Google comes for the rescue. But after tieing the knot following searched steps, it doen't really help with my rememberance, so next time when I tie, I still got no idea where to start.

And that's when I came up with this idea, what if ... you have a physical, tangible knot in you hand, half loose and exposing its ropy structure, and you can study from every possible angle? Or what if, you have a whole collection of physical and tangible knots!

Square knot model printed in Nylon plastics
Square knot model printed in Nylon plastics

The difficulties lies in the manufacturing, these half-finished knots are complicated in their shape, manufacturing using traditional method such as injection molding is extremely difficult if not impossible. But with 3D printing technology, these knot models can be printed in strong and durable nylon plastics, no matter how complicated they are. And these 3D printed knots collection, is the Ropeworks. 

Ropeworks is perfect for educational use, or wrap it as a Christmas gift for your boyscout nephew. Ropeworks is an exotic collection on its own, put a knot on your desk and it'll be a great conversation starter.

Square knot, 8-knot and overhand knot prototypes
Square knot, 8-knot and overhand knot prototypes

With your support I can 3D print the knots in larger volume so that they can be produced as a lower cost than buying from Shapeways. Backer rewards would be different Ropeeworks collections, contents varies from tier to tier. If you have access to your own 3D printers, you can also print your own version using the print-ready STL file from the downloadable tiers!

 
The 8 basic knots
The 8 basic knots
The 8 bends
The 8 bends
 
 
The 8 hitches
The 8 hitches
 

Risks and challenges

All models have been designed and finalized, ready for manufacturing. If this porject manages to achieve its goal I can negotiate a lower price for bulk manufacturing, so it is possible to deliver the 3D printed backer rewards.

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