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Spidery Robots Weave ‘Impossible’ Carbon Fiber Structure


Screenshot by author, from YouTube

At the great conflux between two planes, the weavers met. Each, in seeming defiance of gravity, was weaving half of a bridge. The weavers were perpendicular to the ground, and on a different axis, perpendicular to each other. Clinging to the walls, they wove, and then they moved together. Mechanical bodies intersected. If they were any more lifelike, we might have called the exchange a kiss.

Created by Maria Yablonina of the University of Stuttgart, the robots pull carbon fibers together, creating a mesh suspended from rod in the corner of a wall. The weaving robots share a spool of thread, and can hand it off between electromagnetic mounts. Their bodies can grip poles and rotate themselves around, fixing the fiber in place. The end result?


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