Kniterate Running More than Stitches on Kickstarter: Producing Knitware on Demand, Without the Wait

With the hope of bringing an affordable and compact version of industrial knitting machines to backer’s workshops and homes, Kniterate has synced with Kickstarter. The Kniterate automatically turns user’s digital designs into knitted garments and enables small-scale runs to test swatches and new stitches without tech pack worry. Seeking to raise $100K, the Kniterate team has already raised over $182,450 from more than 166 backers with 38 days remaining on the campaign.

“We’ve made the process of designing and making knitwear very easy. Start creating scarves, beanies, ties, ready to be worn and assembling your own dresses, sweaters or even shoes,” according to the campaign. “Its applications go beyond knitwear, ranging from medical devices and aerospace components to technical apparel and sports equipment. Imagine having a tool to prototype the new generation of wearables! With a library of templates and up to six feeders (different colors and/or materials), you will be able to make amazing patterns, structures and shapes that would be hard to knit otherwise.”

The Kniterate machine is being offered for $4,699 (a 37% savings) — the early bird Kniterate has already sold out. For a $5 pledge backers will buy lunch for the team and become privy to campaign details and for a $50 pledge, backers will receive a Kniterate scarf.

The Kniterate team includes Gerard Rubio, co-founder of blablabLAB art collective, Triambak Saxena, a former molecular biologist with finance expertise and Tom Catling, who focuses on 3D printing and scientific instrumentation. The trio met while Saxena was doing a PhD at UCL.

Kniterate software, which will be browser-based with files loaded onto the machine via an SD card, is currently under development and will ship free with the knitting machine  in April 2018. An online library of templates will also be integrated into the design app, so that users can design, edit and share garments and accessories. The UI lets you:

  • Design using standard templates from Kniterate’s collection or create them from scratch
  • Add images and text
  • Drag and drop from a wide variety of stitches
  • Share digital wardrobes globally
  • Connect third party apps or create custom scripts in our Kniterate’s language Kcode
  • Work with the Kniterate community and research institutions to develop an API to build more applications for Kniterate

For more software and specification details, click here. Kniterate’s camping closes on Monday, 8 May 2017 4:11 PM CEST.

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