Latest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning CaterpillarsLatest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning Caterpillars
June 23, 2016
While biomimicry -- using nature to inspire design -- seems to be seen very often in materials science, device designers are also seeing the value in observing nature to improve design. The engineering and design team at German robotics and automation company Festo are a prime example, with the introduction of a new 3D printer model aptly called the Cocooner, which was inspired by how caterpillars build cocoons.
The 3D Cocooner, developed as part of Festo's Bionic Learning Network, creates structures differently than other 3D printers in that it doesn't build them up one surface layer at a time, but creates them freely in space, according to Festo.
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