It may have reinvigorated the maker movement, but beyond the hackspace, large-scale consumer uses for 3D printing have proved limited. But designers and inventors are expanding the boundaries of additive manufacturing beyond pushing plastic through a nozzle.

Gerard Rubio, CEO of London-based Kniterate, built his first 3D printer in 2009, cobbled together with motors, drivers and parts from old paper-fed printers. That experience, plus an art project involving 3D-printing small figurines of passers-by on Barcelona’s La Rambla, led to Kniterate, an on-demand garment “printer” that knits clothes across two decks of 125 needles. “I call it additive manufacturing,” says Rubio, “but it’s not melting anything. You knit the garment with instructions from a computer.”

 

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