Kniterate is the new digital knitting machine which automatically turns digital designs into knitted garments. This could be a huge ground breaker for the future of fashion and the way 3D printers are revolutionizing manufacturing.
The journey started with founder Gerard Rubio who has been involved within the 3D printing community for years, however one thing that he always wondered while discovering manual knitting machines was why they were not like 3D printers.
It all started in Rubio’s final project as he publishes his video about the OpenKnit, with a great response OpenKnit received both media and commercial attention.
“Until now the production of clothing has been in the hands of a few companies or skilled individuals. Kniterate was born to change that, and to democratize clothing manufacturing, allowing anyone to create high quality personalized garments and accessories.” Gerard Rubio, founder of Kniterate.
Rubio was joined by Triambak Saxena, a finance student and Tom Catling an Astrophysicist to support and help pursue this amazing business opportunity. The company was selected and incorporated as Kniterate on the 18th of November 2015.
After winning two Editor’s Choice Ribbons and partners with a Chinese industrial knitting machine manufacturer, Gerard and Triambak spend the summer of 2016 living In a factory. By working with a range of knitwear designers in London Gerard’s work at the Machines Room brings life to the machine.
Everyone comes in all different sizes and shapes and is having to conform to the standards of the fashion industry and their mass-produced styles. But Kniterate focuses on these problems by making personalized knitwear which is knitted to all shapes. Consumers can personalize garments from their digital library and create innovative and creative designs.
The changes in the current supply chain model of the garment industry will soon become apparent due to Kniterate’s manufacturing. Made locally and on demand means there would be no waste due to cutting fabrics. This is a quicker process and more importantly environmentally friendly.
Kniterate is an affordable and more compact knitted machine being more affordable for both consumers and makers. It will be available for fashion businesses, makerspaces design studios, schools or as part of the experiential retailing experience in stores.
It will be a game changer for fashion designers, by avoiding longer lead times of outsourcing testing and manufacturing their designs and also for makers as they can experiment with new types of yarns and fabrics. As well as this the machines can be installed in any workshop and is cost effective being 5x cheaper than its industrial counterpart.
What can you make?
With a vast library of templates and a huge range of colours and materials Kniterate is able to make astounding patterns, shapes and structures. Creating custom knitted products such as scarves, sweaters, dresses and beanies. Its unique applications exceed further than knitwear and range from technical apparel, sports equipment, medical devices and aerospace components.
How to use Kniterate
Kniterate has been made to be an easy and straightforward process. Simply designing and editing the creation in the computerized app and then it is sent directly to the machine where it does the rest of the work for you. The computer controlled machine uses needles to create loops which are combined to the products. The needles move in captivating waves back and fourth knitting the delicate fabric into shapes.
Throughout last year the company has built a basic prototype of the web-based app which is used so customers can design patterns onto products and then knit the file. Gerard Rubio and his term are currently working on the algorithms for shaping garments and are continuously developing there design app.
An innovative design with a motivated and hard working team, Kniterate is definitely something to look out for in the upcoming months.
Find out more about Kniterate and the Kickstarter campaign here.