Electroloom is a 3D printer that can create ready-to-wear clothing. Developed by computer engineer Joseph White and mechanical engineers Marcus Foley and Aaron Rowley, the Electroloom allows users to design and make their own garments without sewing a stitch on a sewing machine. Instead, users design their clothing on CAD or Illustrator, and then place the mold into the Electroloom, which does the rest of the work.
So why use an Electroloom instead of doing it the old fashioned way, with thread and needles? The creators explain, "our technology reduces the traditional textile manufacturing process into a single step. Instead of sending raw material through factories where it undergoes numerous processing steps to create a traditional textile, we are able to directly convert raw material to finished good."
The Electroloom is currently in Kickstarter fundraising mode, to help launch its first set of alpha testers, or Electroloom Developer Kits. The kits include enough polyester solution for users to make seven beanies, four tank tops, and three skirts. The creators, who made the technology in about a year and a half, realize that the Electroloom is still not quite ready for mass production. They're hoping that their Kickstarter will attract "early adopters, DIYers, an eager-for-new-tech type of people" who will experiment with the Electroloom and give them feedback on how to improve their product. They explain on Kickstarter, "This dev kit program is a way for us to engage with early adopters, who in many ways will be the pioneers responsible for bringing this technology to fruition. We're looking for people who want to use, explore, break, hack, and improve our machines, so that ultimately we can provide a more robust and reliable technology."