Kniterate, a compact digital knitting machine meant for small fashion businesses, design studios and schools, uses a unique technology that simplifies industrial knitting machines. The low-cost automated machine is scaled down in size and helps reduce costs. It can be used to make knitted products like scarves, beanies, shoe uppers, sweaters and dresses.
“I watched fashion students in design school struggle with old knitting machines. Although 3D printers have turned affordable, high cost and size of computer-controlled digital knitting machines have made those out of reach for many. This gave me the idea of designing a low-cost automated digital knitting machine for everyone and I set out to build OpenKnit,” said Gerard Rubio, co-founder & CEO, Kniterate, while speaking to Fibre2Fashion.
The main customers of Kniterate are knitwear designers, but Rubio said that the ownership is not limited in any way. “We have customers in the software industry, academic institutions and fabric R&D development centres.”
The machine can knit a scarf in around an hour and a half and takes about 5 hours to make a sweater. Rubio added that it is quite versatile as it can transfer stitches.
He stated in the interview that the machine is quite user-friendly. “The machine will do a lot of the hard work for you. It comes ready to use, but we will use our YouTube channel to guide our users through our products.”
The US, the UK and Germany are the major markets of Kniterate. (KD)
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Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India