Vamp: Here Come the Robots: Imagining the Footwear Factories of the Future
But material innovation doesn’t just mean using old fabrics in new ways, it means creating new materials altogether. At SoftWear, an Atlanta-based automation company, fabric is turned into a sort of map, which robots can then use to steer material through a sewing needle.
Using technology developed at Georgia Tech, SoftWear has rapidly expanded to automating all corners of the sewn goods world, including bathmats, towels, car floor mats, linens, curtains, and printed materials like banners. In 2017, they will introduce the same automated technology to footwear and apparel.
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