3D Printing is one of the greatest innovations of this century. There are so many uses for this technology that we are sure it will become an irreplaceable part of our work environment in the years to come.
However, if you think of the origins of this technology, we can say that the inspiration was initially taken from Knitting, which is basically the original 3D printing technology.
It’s easy to make this leap, since if you think about it, knitting, just like 3D Printing is a process which creates products from a single strand of material based on a pre-selected pattern.
In fact, this process has already been automatized on various levels through knitting machines, that were known to produce knitwear on both domestic and industrial levels.
However, the big problem with these sorts of machines was that, the machines made for domestic use were often too complicated for laymen to understand, while being too low yield for commercial production.
On the other hand, the industrial machines were too expensive to own and operate, which made them a less profitable investment unless you had large scale demands to meet on a regular basis.
But now, a new project called Kniterate, aims to cover these problems, in order to bring automated knitwear production into homes and market spaces all around the world.
Kniterate is essentially a 3D Printing machine, that uses wool instead of plastic to create clothes, based on pre-selected designs.
These designs are created and modified on a computer through a special software, and then entered into the machine through SD cards.
The machine then takes over the process, recreating the design in 3D. It’s ease of use and small size is what makes this machine a true contender for the space between the domestic and international knitting machines of the world.
The company still hasn’t revealed a specific price point for the machine, nor has it indicated a specific time for launch. However, they have said that they will soon launch a Kickstarter Campaign for the product.
We will be keeping an eye on the progress of this project, and will keep you informed whenever it comes up for pre-orders.