Like standard 3D printing, 3D printed fabrics use polymer-coated fibers for clothes, such as lightweight firefighting uniforms. The robot directs the fabric to the form of the 3D structure, and the hardening polymer sets it in place.
FREMONT, CA: Throughout the globe, textile manufacturers are searching for new ways to develop their methods to keep up with the increasingly evolving market. Robotics is one of the most decisive technologies to adapt rapidly to transition. Unlike other types of automation, robots are extremely adaptable. With the right tools, one can change their product line in hours, days, or weeks. Not for several months, as in other forms of automation.
Many outstanding robotic applications are currently in use in the textile industry; some include:
1. Robot Printing and Drawing
Printing patterns on fabric is a crucial activity in the manufacturing of garments. In certain instances, the print style is the only distinction between the related product lines. Robots are great for printing and painting as dynamic pathways can be designed automatically if one has the right software.
2. Logistic Transportation
Many of the most promising new robotics applications in recent years have come not from the manufacturing activities themselves but rather from the transport and processing of goods. These activities are as applicable to the textile industry as they are to other forms of production. Picking, packaging, storing, and sorting are only a few examples of applications in this category.
3. Bale Handling
Many of the fabrics begin their lives as giant balls. They are bulky, strong, and it can be difficult to maneuver across the warehouse floor. Bale handling is the ideal job for massive industrial robots with payloads of up to almost two tones. They can effortlessly be programmed to pick, stack, and sort bales independently.
4. Printing of 3D Fiber Structure
3D printing is one of the new advances in automated textile processing. Like standard 3D printing, 3D printed fabrics use polymer-coated fibers for clothes, such as lightweight firefighting uniforms. The robot directs the fabric to the form of the 3D structure, and the hardening polymer sets it in place.
5. Pick and Place
Pick and place can be found in nearly any production environment where you choose to shift components across the workplace. While textiles are versatile, careful programming makes it possible to move parts around using a robot with a modified grip.