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Softwear Automation Wins $1.25M DARPA Contract For Sewing Robots
Softwear says its system will produce military garments for less than Chinese labor costs
By Casey Nobile


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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Casey Nobile is Manager of EH Publishing’s Robotics Division, including Robotics Business Review, Robotics Trends, RoboBusiness and the Robotics Marketplace at CES. She is passionate about developing connections between robotics technologies and the corporate world. Nobile has a master’s degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College.

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