Softwear says its system will produce military garments for less than Chinese labor costs
By Casey Nobile
June 08, 2012
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced its $1.25M contract with SoftWear Automation, Inc., a developer of automated sewing solutions, to create a robotic sewing cell for the production of U.S. military garments. In 2010, the military’s annual clothing budget was estimated at $4B.
The Georgia Tech spinoff company was founded by Dr. Steve Dickerson, who observed that the fabrication of sewn items had almost entirely disappeared from the United States, including in his family’s home town of Commerce GA. Dickerson aspired to implement the kinds of automation solutions exhibited by Japanese industry in the U.S.
Softwear’s contract stipulates the end goal of “complete production facilities…
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