Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

'3-D printed' dome uses 6,500 live silkworms


Posted on Saturday, 13 July, 2013 | Comment icon 2 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: CC 3.0 Fastily

 
An experiment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has produced a remarkable silk dome.

Known as the 'Silk Pavilion', the silk-based structure was created using 6,500 silkworms. At the core of the project is the use of a special computer-based control mechanism that is capable of guiding the silkworms to produce specific patterns of silk. By combining this with an aluminum scaffold and a lattice of starter threads the team were able to entice the silkworms in to creating the rest of the structure.

The project was particularly important from the perspective of developing more sophisticated 3D printers. "The silkworm embodies everything an additive fabrication system currently lacks," said Media Lab professor Neri Oxman. "It jets a structural material with superior function-specific variable properties; it’s small in size and mobile in movement; and it can spin, rather than print, non-homogeneous fibrous structures without waste."

"Humans have been breeding silkworms for fabric for over 5,000 years, but Media Lab professor Neri Oxman married their innate productivity with computerized efficiency."

  View: Full article |  Source: Wired

  Discuss: View comments (2)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by chopmo on 13 July, 2013, 11:05
"Radioactive mutant silkworms invade city after computer hack." LOL
Comment icon #2 Posted by wuhugm on 13 July, 2013, 23:05
The beginning of Nanomachines


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
King Tut's tomb to undergo third set of scans
2-27-2017
A new team is set to attempt a last-ditch effort to find evidence of a secret chamber in the tomb.
Fossil of ancient giant penguin unearthed
2-27-2017
This newly described species of penguin is thought to have walked the Earth over 60 million years ago.
Half of all species could disappear by 2100
2-27-2017
Biologists have warned that up to a half of all species could be wiped out by the end of the century.
Hot springs holds 'hair freezing' competition
2-26-2017
Every year, visitors to the Takhini Hot Springs in Yukon are challenged to freeze their hair and brows.
Other news in this category
Pollution can outweigh benefits of exercise
Posted 2-26-2017 | 7 comments
In some of the world's most polluted cities, exercising outside can actually do more harm than good....
 
Desert people evolve to drink poisonous water
Posted 2-25-2017 | 2 comments
The local people of Chile's Atacama desert have developed the ability to drink water laced with arsenic....
 
Scientists finally solve 'ketchup problem'
Posted 2-22-2017 | 14 comments
It's a question that has puzzled mankind for years - how do you get every drop of sauce out of the bottle?...
 
Amazing 'fire rainbow' spotted over Singapore
Posted 2-22-2017 | 7 comments
The breathtaking natural phenomenon was photographed by dozens of people on Monday afternoon....
 
Mystery surrounds Europe radiation spike
Posted 2-21-2017 | 27 comments
An unexplained spike in radiation was picked up across a number of European countries last month....
 
Ship set to be deliberately trapped in ice
Posted 2-20-2017 | 4 comments
Scientists are planning to sail a research vessel to the Arctic so it can get stuck in the ice on purpose....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ