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3D Cocooner From Festo Spins Web In Mid-Air

The 3D Cocooner developed by Festo is a device that builds three-dimensional shapes using a special resin-coated thread extruded from a computer-controlled spinneret.


(3D Cocooner from Festo)

In order to convert the soft thread into a solid lattice structure, it is covered with a special resin in the spinneret. As soon as it comes out of the spinneret, a UV light cures the resin-soaked fibre with pinpoint accuracy and hardens it into a sturdy little rod. During the process, the thread can be reset at any point on the lattice structure, where it continues to build. In this way, it is possible to construct even complex shapes in three-dimensional space without any supports.

A vertically arranged tripod of type EXPT-45 acts as a handling system for the 3D Cocooner. The high-speed handling system can be controlled quickly and precisely in the space and its manoeuvrability makes it ideal for such a task. The tripod receives the necessary positional data and control signals directly from an animation software program, in which the 3D shape model parametrically generates the desired structure.

The 3D Cocooner is the real-life realization of a device from Things Pass By, a 1945 story by Murray Leinster. This device could be controlled to produce useful artifacts from drawings, which might lead to more graceful designs.

It makes drawings in the air following drawings it scans with photo-cells. But plastic comes out of the end of the drawing arm and hardens as it comes. This thing will start at one end of a ship or a house and build it complete to the other end, following drawings only.
(Read more about Leinster's Plastic Constructor)

Festo is a creative powerhouse; take a look at these previous articles.
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Oh, those guys at Festo are doing more than just dreaming about tentacle arms!
(4/19/2010re: H.G. Wells)
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(9/27/2010re: H.G. Wells)
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(11/11/2010re: H.G. Wells)
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Remarkable biomimetic robot from the Festo corporation (not Tyrell).
(3/29/2011re: Philip K. Dick)
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'Waldo put his arms into the primary pair before him - all three pairs... came to life.'
(7/5/2012re: Robert Heinlein)
 Most Advanced Robotic Hand?
'Hands I could order from the atomics-engineering equipment companies...'- Robert Heinlein, 1956.
(10/2/2014re: Robert Heinlein)
 Graphene Cytobot - Cyborg Bacterial Spores May Help Astronauts
'[It] had not yet objected to being made over into a portion of an electronic system... '- Philip K. Dick, 1964.
(3/15/2015re: Philip K. Dick)
 eMotionButterfly Ultralight Robot From Festo
'Artificial butterflies darted along invisible beams...'- Roger Zelazny, 1980.
(3/16/2015re: Roger Zelazny)

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