With Xmas and New Year occupying so much of everyone’s time, there’s not really been much time for nerding about lately. Well, not for some of us. But thankfully Stephen Cropp from BuildBrighton hasn’t been so pre-occupied, and set about 3D-printing this awesome rope-making machine.

It’s really quite simple in design. At one end of the table is clamped a central cog, which drives three outer cogs (each spaced 60 degrees apart). By turning the central cog with a handle, all the outer cogs turn the same way and at the same rate.

Steve threads his twine through hooks on these outer cogs to a weighted clip at the other end of the table then cranks the handle…