Software turns knitting machines into 3D printers

Software turns knitting machines into 3D printers

2 pictures A knitted rabbit, created using the technology 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 allow computer-controlled knitting machines to produce […]

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