30 May '16, 3pm

Kniterate Updates the Knitting Machine to Be an Easy-to-Use 3-D Printer for Fabric

Knitting machines are anything but new. The 1801 Jacquard loom , an ancestor to today’s knitting machines, was the first programmable system to use punch cards. However, they are certainly due for an update. Punch card machines are still used today, along with systems that use printed patterns generated by CAD systems, and a few that connect to PCs to read patterns directly. Learning to use the design tools and the machines takes some effort; a lot more than sitting down at a computer and printing out a photograph or drawing. Photo: Tekla Perry Kniterate’s founders think it’s time that machine knitting became as easy as printing. They have developed Photoshop-like software for designing knitting patterns and a knitting machine that reads the patterns from an SD card. The company plans to sell its US $2500 system to schools and maker spaces, aiming it at people who might wa...

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