Kniterate is a highly innovative digital knitting machine that wants to change fashion in the same way 3D printers are revolutionising manufacturing, using yarn to “print” digital clothing files. Through an easy-to-use internet platform, users can design garments from scratch, edit templates or upload their own images and press “knit”.
The company has recently raised an impressive $636K on Kickstarter, which will allow it to start manufacturing its machine for customers around the world.
Kniterate’s software platform allows anyone to design a garment online, and then send the file to the owner of one of their machines, providing a network of consumers and suppliers with the potential to reshape the fashion industry. This application will also allow the exchange of “digital files of fashion”, in a similar manner to digital music or 3D printing. A framework – adapted to the customers branding and collections – will also be developed for other companies looking to incorporate Kniterate’s software into their fashion offerings.
Kniterate’s goal is to empower independent designers and small businesses by providing them with a tool only available to garment manufacturers, and to be a catalyst for innovations in the garment and wearable industries.
CommonwealthFirst looks forward to supporting Kniterate in taking its journey into Canada and beyond.