BitPat is a semi automatic weaving loom that helps to ease weaver’s work while creating fabric structures and patterns. BitPat transforms regular weaving looms to computer-connected pattern machine.
Concept loom consists of 10 warps that are under tension. Every warp thread goes through a rigid heddle element. Every rigid heddle element has an arm connected with it that is moved by solenoid. User draws a black and white pattern 10px wide and 20 px high. Black pixels in the row mean that those warps should rise. Every column of the pattern is associated with a warp thread through the system of solenoid, that reacts to black pixel by lifting an arm 3-5 mm higher than the other arms in the row. Then comes the Grabber that seizes all the arms that are lifted and rises them so that the threads connected to the arms are high enough for the weft to pass through. Weft is passed manually. Next row: black pixels in that row give new set of orders to solenoids and new warp threads are risen.
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