3-D printing: It’s just like knitting, right, only more high-tech? No? OK, fine. At least I tried.
But you know what really is high-tech and just like knitting? These iPhone cases, which are 3-D printed in the shape of knitting. Try to spoil that one for me, you grumpy old sourpuss you. Just try…
It’s called the Sweater case and it’s “handwoven by robots” to fit the iPhone 5. Designed by ArtizanWork — a collective (read “bunch of hippies” from Maryland — the stitches of the case are actually separate, just like real knitting, and slide over each other.
Moreover, they stretch. This apparently aids shock absorption and gives the rigid plastic links the ability to bend. The edge of the case is as hard as you’d expect of 3-D-printed plastic (pretty hard, if you have never enjoyed its grainy, cheap-feeling touch on your skin).
Want one? You can order one from the 3-D printing Emporium Shapeways, or buy direct from the hippies themselves. $75.