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1. WO2021005053 - CUTTING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR APPAREL AND FOOTWEAR MANUFACTURING

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Claims

1. Method for manufacturing a piece of apparel, in particular a shoe, compris ing:

a. cutting at least one patch from a panel or roll of source material with a cutting means;

b. receiving the at least one cut patch by an automated gripping means after cutting;

c. wherein the cutting means and the automated gripping means are ar ranged on opposite sides of the panel or roll of source material during cutting; and

d. translating the at least one cut patch with the automated gripping means to a further processing station after cutting, wherein the further processing station is configured to carry out assembly of the piece of apparel.

2. Method according to claim l, wherein receiving the at least one cut patch by the automated gripping means comprises attaching the at least one cut patch to a surface of the automated gripping means, preferably via a suction force, an electrostatic force and / or an adhesion force.

3. Method according to one of claims 1 or 2, further comprising contacting the panel or roll of source material with a surface of the automated gripping means at least partially during cutting.

4. Method according to one of claims 1 - 3, wherein the step of cutting the at least one patch from the panel or roll of source material comprises: cutting at least two patches, preferably comprising a different shape, before translating the at least two patches to the further processing station.

5. Method according to one of claims 1 - 4, wherein the patch is a first compo nent of the piece of apparel and the method further comprises attaching the at least one cut patch, preferably with the automated gripping means, to a sec ond component of the piece of apparel being manufactured.

6. Method according to one of claims 1 - 5, further comprising at least partially melting a surface of the at least one cut patch.

7. Method according to one of claims 1 - 6, further comprising applying an ad hesive, a dye and / or a coating to the at least one cut patch.

8. Method according to one of claims 1 - 7, wherein the step of cutting the at least one patch from the panel or roll of source material comprises controlling a cutting head of the cutting means such as to provide the at least one patch with a pre-programmed shape.

9. Method according to one of claims 1 - 8, further comprising maintaining the panel or roll of source material in an essentially flat configuration during cut ting, preferably by using a clamping frame.

10. Method according to claim 9, further comprising determining the location of at least one cut hole in the panel of source material relative to the clamping frame corresponding to the at least one cut patch.

11. Method according to one of claims 1 - 10, wherein the cutting means and the automated gripping means are arranged on opposite sides of the panel or roll of source material during the step of cutting and during the step of receiving the at least one patch.

12. System for manufacturing a piece of apparel, preferably a shoe, comprising: a. cutting means adapted to cut at least one patch from a panel or roll of source material;

b. automated gripping means adapted to receive the at least one cut patch after cutting;

c. wherein the cutting means and the automated gripping means are adapted to be arranged on opposite sides of the panel or roll of source material during cutting; and

d. wherein the automated gripping means is adapted to translate the at least one cut patch to a further processing station after cutting, wherein the further processing station is configured to carry out as sembly of the piece of apparel.

13. System according to claim 12, wherein the cutting means comprises a laser cutter, a water jet cutter and / or a mechanical cutter.

14. System according to one of claims 12 or 13, wherein a surface of the auto mated gripping means is adapted to be attached to a surface of the panel or roll of source material during cutting.

15. System according to one of claims 12 - 14, wherein the automated gripping means comprises a vacuum gripper, an electrostatic gripper and / or an adhe sion gripper.

16. System according to one of claims 12 - 15, wherein the automated gripping means comprises a moveable gripping head adapted to be moved with respect to a cutting position in a direction essentially parallel to the panel or roll of source material.

17. System according to one of claims 12 - 16, wherein the automated gripping means comprise a moveable gripping head attached to a robotic actuator, preferably having six, preferably independent, actuation axes.

18. System according to one of claims 12 - 17, wherein the automated gripping means is further adapted:

a. to attach the at least one patch to a surface of the automated gripping means, preferably via a suction force, an electrostatic force and / or an adhesion force;

b. to maintain the panel or roll of source material in an essentially flat configuration during cutting; and / or

c. to attach the at least one patch to the piece of apparel or a component of the piece of apparel being manufactured; and / or

d. to rotate the at least one patch in space after cutting.

19. System according to one of claims 12 - 18, further comprising means for ap plying an adhesive, a dye and / or a coating to the at least one patch.

20. System according to one of claims 12 - 19, further comprising heating means for at least partially melting a surface of the at least one patch.

21. System according to one of claims 12 - 20, further comprising means for maintaining the panel or roll of source material in an essential flat configura tion during cutting.

22. System according to claim 21, wherein the means for maintaining the panel or roll of source material in an essential flat configuration comprises a clamping frame allowing access to both sides of the panel or roll of source material.

23. System according to claim 22, wherein the clamping frame comprises a top and a bottom portion adapted to clamp the panel or roll of source material during cutting preferably via exerting a magnetic force between each other.

24. System according to one of the preceding claims 22 or 23, further comprising means for determining the location of at least one cut hole in the panel of source material relative to the clamping frame corresponding to the at least one cut patch.

25. System according to one of claims 12 - 24, wherein the cutting means com prises a controllable cutting head adapted to provide the at least one patch with a pre-programmed shape during cutting.

26. System according to claim 25, wherein the controllable cutting head com

prises a controllable translation stage and / or controllable beam steering op tics.

27. System according to one of claims 12 - 26, wherein the cutting means and the automated gripping means are adapted to be arranged on opposite sides of the panel or roll of source material during cutting and during receiving the at least one patch.