TECH

This Machine Prints Complete Jumpers

21/02/2014 10:55 GMT | Updated 21/02/2014 10:59 GMT

The idea of a machine that can print jumpers is not new. It was sort of the foundation of the industrial revolution, more or less. But now we live in the Modern World, and everything must be printed. So here we are.

Openknit is a new "open source" knitting machine which claims to be able to produce an adult-size jumper in an hour, on its own.

The £300 machine users digital files to form its garments - meaning you could literally download and print your next outfit.

BoingBoing points us to an animation explaining how the process works, and points out that its designers have to have a high degree of skill to use it properly.

Its makers explain:

"Presently, production outsourcing has become the norm: mass fabrication of goods at low costs improves corporate profit margins but pushes precarious labour conditions due to a race to the bottom in competing developing markets."

"OpenKnit offers an alternative landscape to this production model. It’s an open-source, low cost (under 550€), digital fabrication tool that affords the user the opportunity to create his own bespoke clothing from digital files."