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3D printing injects new life into knitting

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If you think that knitting tends to be boring outside of the occasional yarnbombing, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Researchers at the Manchester School of Art have been working on hybrids of 3D printing and knitting that literally add a new dimension to clothes. Their approach adds interlocking 3D printed loops that add dashes of color and texture while remaining flexible enough to wear. The early creations (like what you see above) won't win any fashion awards, but they hint at what's possible -- you could turn a relatively ho-hum sweater into a conversation piece. It'll probably be a long, long while before you can buy one of these material mash-ups at the local store, but you can swing by the Knitting Nottingham exhibition before November 28th if you want to see them in person.

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