Designer Gerard Rubio supercharges knitting with open-source software.

Knitting might not sound like a pursuit that lends itself well to technological innovation, but the OpenKnit Printer by Gerard Rubio calls that assumption into question. The textile 3D printer uses an open-source platform called Knitic, which allows you to design your own garment that will be ready-to-wear in less than an hour.

Gerard Rubio came up with the idea for an open-source platform as part of his final project in university. While unfamiliar with knitting at first, he was soon able to incorporate his technological knowledge into the one-of-a-kind 3D printer. The designer explained to Ecouterre that the project grew from his desire to experiment, as well as “hybridize tools and disciplines,” which eventually became the OpenKnit Printer.

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