Innovations — Software turns knitting machines into 3D printers

Software turns knitting machines into 3D printers

Software turns knitting machines into 3D printers

Software turns knitting machines into 3D printers

Software turns knitting machines into 3D printers A knitted rabbit, created using the technology(Credit: Carnegie Mellon University) Ordinarily, programming an industrial knitting machine to knit a certain type of item is quite a complex process. As a result, they're generally not used to create one-offs. That could change, though, thanks to new software that tells them how to knit custom 3D objects. The program was developed by a Carnegie Mellon University team led by assistant professor James McCann. Basically, it takes computer models of three-dimensional objects (in the form of 3D meshes), and automatically converts them into stitch-by-stitch instructions that...

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