For most of my life I have had a real adversion to making anything in textiles or fabric. Today I got over that fear and decided that I should lean in order to be able to make the fabric items for my house. I started by looking up YouTube videos on how to crochet. I then made a crochet hook in Rhino and printed it from my home M3D. I printed using the highest quality settings and it took 2 hours to print.
I managed to sort out the problems I was having with my printer changing where it was building on the bed mid build. This was down to the filament catching and not unraveling properly while printing.
The crocheting took a few attempts and unraveling before I got the hang of it. I was worried about the hook not being strong enough however it held up throughout the day’s work. I printed the hook at around 4mm thickness. The tool was easy to use, however the part the finger should grip was a little low and so I need to develop the handle of the design to make it a little more comfortable.
One of the other problems with using the hook straight off the machine is the support structure left on the handle. When removing the support it left small spikes of plastic that weren’t comfortable on the hand. I could either file these away or print on a machine that builds from the base rather that supports.