This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

New developments from Festo’s Bionic Learning Network

07 April 2016

Festo’s 2016 Bionic Learning Network has created new production technologies such as lightweight structures, digital fabrication and an airborne assistance system.

3D Cocooner

3D Cocooner: bionic structures from the spinneret

Caterpillars were the inspiration behind Festo’s 3D Cocooner, much like the animal, it spins filigree figures and customised lightweight structures from a fibreglass thread. A handling system precisely controls the spinneret and once the fibreglass threads leave, they are coated with UV-hardening resin and joined together to form a complex structure. 

Unlike the traditional 3D printing process, these structures do not arise in layers but are created freely in three-dimensional space. The 3D Cocooner has a virtual design program that directly conveys the manufacturing instructions for the product to the tool level. The digital chain can therefore proceed straight from the first concept to the finished product without any hassle. 

Once the structure has been designed and completed, it can be coated with textiles for use in a variety of applications.

Flying gripper sphere

Autonomously flying gripper sphere

This FreeMotionHandling system is an indoor flight object which consists of an ultralight carbon-fibre ring and eight adaptive propellers. In the middle is a rotation helium balloon with an integrated gripping element. The sphere can be autonomously moved in any direction and pick up and drop off objects due to its indoor GPS and on-board electronics. 

The sphere can be rotated up to 180° and when it approaches the object to be grasped, it plans its own movements through means of two integrated cameras.

The human operator can safely control and interact with the sphere at all times, opening up opportunities for workspace of the future. Perhaps spheres like this can be used for future airborne assistance systems, overhead operations or as conveyors in space. 


Contact Details and Archive...

Print this page | E-mail this page