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As for the actual manufacturing process, they start by sourcing readily available sheet steel normally used for construction projects — no waste there! Then they cut, weld, powder coat, and finish. Okay okay, yes, that's extremely simplified. There is A LOT of skilled work that goes into the manufacturing machine that is RAD, but we can't give away all of their secrets. 😉
- Yarn cones (pictured above) are selected and threaded on to the industrial knitting machine.
- Desired pattern gets programmed into the computer of the knitting machine.
- Knitting process is overseen by humans! They monitor the knitting process and will stop to adjust the program as needed.
- Upon completion, additional yarn is added in order to remove the product from the machine.
- Throw then moves to the hand finishing department to be weighed.
- The finishing department weaves the throw's edges for a clean finish.
- Product is washed, dried, and then steamed to correct finish measurement.
- BOOM! Your custom, commercially knitted throw or pillow is shipped out.
When it comes to digital manufacturing, Gantri has it d o w n. First, they manufacture their sustainable material, Gantri Plant Polymers. Then, they 3D print all of their products in California in their factory. Happy, skilled humans sand down each UL listed part and finish with either water based paint, or a translucent blend, to prevent yellowing. Every part is reviewed at least 5 times during the production process to ensure quality. Then, all parts are assembled and packaged, and voila! We'll take one of each, please!
Fun fact: Dancer, their 3D printer (pictured above), was designed, engineered and built in-house specifically to manufacture Gantri products.
Shift designs their products so that they can be produced in most metalworking facilities across the US - this means that their products can be produced locally for a project, reducing their carbon footprint AND supporting local shops. Parts are laser cut from standardized recycled aluminum sheet material, and once the aluminum has been formed into a product by very precise machinery, welders smooth any connections and finish the aluminum before parts are packed and shipped to the customer. Manufacturing process in a nutshell: sustainable and streamlined. ✅