Six-Axis Robot Arm Can 3D Print Fiberglass Composites

Published by , March 28, 2017 9:40 am

(ArchDaily)  Atropos, a six-axis robotic arm capable of 3D printing continuous fiber composites was unveiled by a team of architects and engineers at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy. The robot was developed by +Lab, the 3D printing laboratory at the Politecnico with a technology known as Continuous Fiber Composites Smart Manufacturing, Atropos has the potential to create large, complex structures to aid the design and construction process.
The Politecnico team drew inspiration from the natural world, studying the fiber-based behavior of spiders and silkworms. Consideration was also given to the fibrous workings of human muscles and tendons, resulting in a six-axis robotic arm with versatile movement, free from excessive mechanisms.

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