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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 the lead editor for Robotics Business Review’s RBR50 news, editorial and business segment. She is also contributing writer and editor for the publication’s News & Technology columns with special emphasis on breaking news coverage for science, technology and financial transactions. Casey is also editor and contributor for other in-house publications: Robotics Trends; RoboBusiness and RoboBusiness exhibit services.

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