Startup Sewbo has announced that is has used a robot to sew a T-shirt, producing the world's first robotically-sewn garment, Jonathan Zornow, inventor, told Apparel magazine.
"Many people are surprised to learn that this is the very first time that a robot has sewn a piece of clothing," he said. Despite decades and millions of dollars worth of industrial research, the big hurdle has been that robots can't reliably handle fabrics. Sewbo figured out how to temporarily stiffen materials, making it easy for industrial robots to assemble clothes. You can view the video here.
This is a significant change for the global garment industry, with this technology potentially allowing manufacturers to automate the production of hundreds of billions of dollars worth of clothing each year.