Kniterate: A 3D Printer for Knitwear

By: | June 13th, 2017

Image courtesy www.kickstarter.com

Kniterate, the 3D printer for Knitwear, allows you to create your own clothing. Kniterate’s machine was launched through a Kickstarter campaign. It automatically turns users’ designs into wearable fabrics whether it be a sweater or scarf or even shoes at the push of a button.

Kniterate is computer-controlled, and its software is developed along the lines of Photoshop and Illustrator having simple tools for designing and shaping garments. The machine has six yarn carriers and 408 transfer needles and is capable of creating complex designs, patterns, and even words.

Image courtesy www.kickstarter.com

Image courtesy www.kickstarter.com

Image courtesy www.kickstarter.com

Image courtesy www.kickstarter.com

Kniterate knits the simpler designs like scarves and ties completely. However, if you are knitting complex pieces like dresses or sweaters, you will need to assemble them after the machine has done its work.

The Kniterate team says on its campaign page, “We have developed Kniterate because we want everyone to be able to explore knitting’s potential. Until now the only similar tools available were industrial knitting machines, which cost upwards of $50,000, take a lot of space, and require a technician to run. With Kniterate you can make personalized professional knitwear at the click of a button, and repeat and share your favorite designs over and over again.”

Although it’s amazing, it is not cheap. You will have to pay $4,700, and shipments are expected to begin in April 2018.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. You can also find Nidhi on Google+.

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