Thread Deposition Tool

Thread Deposition Tool

Silkworm-inspired Fabrication
2012-2013, KUKA Robotic Arm & Silk Threads
MIT Medial Lab

Jared Laucks,Markus Kayser,Prof. Neri Oxman

This research explores the process of silk deposition generated by the silkworm Bombyx mori and proposes a novel fiber-based digital fabrication approach inspired by its biological counterpart. We review a suite of analytical methods used to observe and describe fiber-based constructions across multiple length-scales. Translational research from biology to digital fabrication is implemented by emulation in the design of fiber-based digital fabrication techniques utilizing a KUKA robotic arm as a material deposition platform. The ways in which the silkworm Bombyx mori constructs its cocoon and scaffolding structure allows us to speculate regarding the possible applications and advantages of fiber-based digital fabrication in the construction of an architectural pavilion as case study.

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