USA: Ministry of Supply makes a blazer in 90 minutes!
Boston ( US)-based clothing retailer Ministry of Supply has installed a 3D robotic knitting machine at its Newbury Street flagship. The 10-feet long WHOLEGARMENT Mach2XS machine by Shima Seiki, is capable of knitting a customized blazer automatically in around 90 minutes.
Explaining the technology, the retailer says customers just need to provide specifications such as colour and measurements which will be programmed into the machine with human intervention, and the rest operations will be done automatically by the machine.
While it currently takes a few days for the retailer to produce a saleable product due to the need to wash the garment and sew on buttons, and therefore, the retailer intends to be able to hand over garments to the customers during their single visit to the store. Also, with this technology, the Ministry of Supply is planning to manufacture up to one-third of its clothing within a couple of years. Furthermore, the retailer claims this machine is the first- of-its-kind in the industry. Production time for each item is considerably lesser than the conventional methods, and modifications can be entered in real time. This technology, Ministry says, eliminates
30 per cent of the fabric waste seen during typical cut-and-sew construction.
Gihan Amarasiriwardena, Ministry of Supply’s Chief Design Officer, stated, “The lack of seams makes clothing more durable, because seams are typically the place where wear and tear first appear.”