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May 23, 2016 AT 8:00 am

Carbon Fiber Creations Woven by Robots #manufacturingmonday

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Robot spiders spinning carbon-fiber pavilions for your future pleasure dome. Some are calling this a 4th industrial revolution, although there are a few candidates for that. Either way: robot spiders weaving carbon fiber habitats for humans! via Web Urbanist

Architect and researcher Achim Menges, who heads up the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, is developing software to make robotic construction more intuitive, and his team has built a series of carbon fiber pavilions to show off the technology. We’re at a phase where the full capabilities of the material and method haven’t yet been unlocked, he says, because experiments are still mimicking old materials. To build the pavilions, they robots draw lengths of carbon and glass fiber through a resin bath and wind it around metal scaffolding in a particular pattern. The resin-coated structures are cured in a massive oven and then detached from the framework.

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