I finished my senior design project at WashU! It has been a long and rewarding process. I worked with two students in my class, Daniel Martin and Sam Fortmann to produce this prototype of a knitting machine. We designed it to be easier to load than the conventional method. Since our team was not allocated a lot of money, we were only able to make the frame out of wood and couldn't use motors. Our prototype demo worked well, and we were able to thread all of the eyelets all at once as seen in this picture.
We are now going through the process of applying for more funding through organizations at WashU. We are going to make the frame out of extruded aluminum to add structural stability, and add stepper motors to drive the four axis. We fully developed the loading mechanism for the machine, and are currently working to add functionality so that it can produce fabrics.