Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Now, digital knitting machine for personalised clothing
Now, digital knitting machine for personalised clothing
04
Apr '17
Courtesy: Kickstarter
Courtesy: Kickstarter
A digital knitting machine, Kniterate, is all set to revolutionise fashion by giving brands an opportunity to go for personalised clothing in an affordable way. It uses yarn to 'print' digital clothing files and via an easy-to-use internet platform, users can design garments from scratch, edit templates or upload their own images and press 'knit'. 
 
Kniterate has hundreds of needles that are computer controlled to create loops, which combined create knitwear. The needles move in mesmerising waves, back and forth, knitting fabrics into shapes. The products can be made ready to use, like scarves and beanies, or may require assembly, like a sweater. 
 
Kniterate is the brainchild of Gerard Rubio, who four years ago started OpenKnit, an open-source knitting machine. In 2015 it was selected to be part of HAX, the first and largest hardware accelerator, in Shenzhen, China. After showing their HAX prototype in Maker Faire Bay they went on to partner with an industrial knitting machine manufacturer. Since then they have been working with London designers to create samples that show Kniterate's potential.
 
The machine's software is still in development. In the past year the team has built a basic prototype of the web-based app, which has been used to design certain patterns onto scarves and then knitting the file. More recently the team has been working on a more efficient script that is able to take images and convert them into knitted pieces.
 
Rubio said, "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 democratise clothing manufacturing, allowing anyone to create high quality personalised garments and accessories."
 
The machine is expected to change the current supply chain model of the garment industry. At the moment retailers ship garments half across the world and end up with excess stock, which then they are forced to mark down, or even worse, throw away. With Kniterate clothing is made locally and on demand, and because it is made to shape there is no waste due to cutting fabrics.
 
Nat Hunter, strategic director of Machines Room, said, "Rather than someone having to make 20,000 jumpers in China, and then ship them over to sell them, you can make much smaller batches, and you can also make them local to where you are, preventing garments from ending up in landfill."
 
Personalised goods provide new revenue streams and create brand loyalty in a time of increasing buyer sophistication. This is because so far people had to conform to the standards of the fashion industry and mass-produced styles despite their different shapes and sizes. Kniterate provides a tool to make personalised goods more affordable for both the consumer and the maker. Therefore, Kniterate has a place in the workshops of independent designers, makerspaces, libraries and is also part of the in-store experience of retailers.
 
Kniterate has created an easy-to-use version of industrial knitting machines that can be installed in any workshop for a cost ten times lower than their industrial peers. It helps fashion designers avoid the long lead times of outsourcing testing and manufacturing of their designs. It also provides a tool for makers to experiment with new types of yarns and fabrics. It now becomes easy to experiment and build intricate knitted patterns with conductive yarns to create the new wave of wearables. (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


Must ReadView All

Pic: Shutterstock

Apparel/Garments | On 20th Jul 2019

Serbia's Maille Pirotex to open apparel manufacturing unit

Serbian textile company Maille Pirotex is planning to open an apparel ...

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 20th Jul 2019

Australia, India finalise new veterinary health protocol

India and Australia recently finalised a new veterinary health...

Pic: Shutterstock

Apparel/Garments | On 20th Jul 2019

BGMEA joins Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association...

Interviews View All

Top executives, Textile & apparel bodies

Top executives
Textile & apparel bodies

The mid-term review of FTP is progressive, growth oriented

Vasanth Kumar, Max Fashion India

Vasanth Kumar
Max Fashion India

‘Traditional high-street retailers are now willing to offer franchisees to ...

Dinaz Madhukar, DLF Emporio and DLF Promenade

Dinaz Madhukar
DLF Emporio and DLF Promenade

‘Each event and promotion is planned out keeping in mind the business of...

Himanshu Jariwala,

Himanshu Jariwala

J Korin started as a partnership firm with four powerlooms in the textiles ...

Sham Shah,

Sham Shah

Shamal and Shamal Pvt Ltd is into manufacturing and sales of textile...

Manoj Sorathiya,

Manoj Sorathiya

Surat-based Sunrise Imports & Exports Co is a manufacturer and...

Wolfgang Plasser, Lenzing AG

Wolfgang Plasser
Lenzing AG

The Lenzing Group is an international company headquartered in Austria...

Karl Zelik, Vanderbilt University

Karl Zelik
Vanderbilt University

A team of engineers at the Vanderbilt University has designed a smart...

Kai Poehler, Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Varsha Wadhwa, VW

Varsha Wadhwa
VW

Coming from a family that ran a business of jute and linen mills since...

Anisha Chaudhari, Threads & Shirts

Anisha Chaudhari
Threads & Shirts

Threads & Shirts is a freshly-tailored concept providing men/women a...

Amiben Shroff, Shrujan

Amiben Shroff
Shrujan

From its modest beginning in the late 1960s, Shrujan has grown into a...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


July 2019

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Advanced Search