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Unmanned machine to stitch US military uniforms
Jun '12
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the US has opted for a new way to reduce cost of making military uniforms while increasing the productivity.
DARPA, the US Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) primary innovation engine, has contracted SoftWear Automation Inc. to create an unmanned sewing machine that counts threads in fabric and automatically stitches as per a computer program.
DAPRA Public Affairs spokesperson told fibre2fashion, “The fully automated cutting and sewing of textiles project is part of a much larger DARPA programme called Open Manufacturing that aims to lower the cost and time required for designing, manufacturing and qualifying military-relevant parts and products, with an emphasis on bolstering the sustainability and reliability of DoD's supply chain.”  
Currently, the Pentagon bears about US$ 4 billion on military uniforms, production of which involves the work of more than 50,000 people.
The new deal is expected to quicken and automate the entire uniform manufacturing process while minimizing the expenses involved.

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