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A new lightweight robot inspired by spiders

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments10 November 2011

fraunhofer-robotic-spiderSpiders have inspired a group of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA to create a mobile robot which looks and moves as spiders. This high-tech assistant is still a prototype, but researchers envision its use as an exploratory tool in environments that are too hazardous or hardly reachable for humans…. »

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Nature inspires lighter and tougher plastic components

By Damir Beciri
One Comment1 September 2011

fraunhofer-bionic-inspired-polyamide-printingCertain biological materials exhibit exceptional strength due to their complex structure which has been perfected through time. Inspired by the perfected structures found in nature, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute are collaborating on a project named Bionic Manufacturing. It aims to develop plastic products that are lightweight and strong, while being economic in their use… »


SULSA – 3D printed unmanned air vehicle

By Damir Beciri
29 July 2011

southampton-printed-airplane-2Engineers at the University of Southampton have designed and flown a 3D printed aircraft named Southampton University Laser Sintered Aircraft (SULSA). SULSA is an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) whose entire structure has been printed on an EOS EOSINT P730 nylon laser sintering machine, which fabricates plastic or metal objects, building up the item layer by… »