February 16, 2015
To achieve this goal, the creators of the robot were inspired by one of the most fascinating structures in nature, spider webs. Although with the naked eye, we only see fine uniform threads, spider silk looks very different under the microscope, with several strands attached to the main one that act as tensioners and hold the silk in positions where a normal thread would collapse. .
The robot’s print head works the same way, with multiple media nozzles producing, in essence, an oversized version of spider silk. The results are obvious. Not only can the structures be printed in any direction, but they offer far superior strength than those created with traditional 3D printers.
via This amazing robot prints 3D structures like spiders.
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