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This Robot Is a Loom For Weaving Carbon Fiber Into Rocket Parts

There’s plenty of carbon fiber in space right now. It’s the best bet we have for making spacecraft lighter—and it’s going to be key on deep space missions where every gram of food, water, and fuel is carefully planned. But making these parts isn’t easy, or cheap. Prototyping and testing new carbon fiber designs is slow, expensive, and labor-intensive. And as NASA pushes towards putting humans into deep space, it will need to make huge leaps in manufacturing to develop the spacecraft capable of these long, distant journeys.

This summer, NASA got a tool that will make prototyping those parts way easier. It’s a 21-foot robotic arm whose head is made up of 16 rods that look like oversized sewing spools, attached to a long, 40-foot track that allows the robotic arm to slide around a model.

http://gizmodo.com/this-robot-spins-carbon-fiber-threads-into-rocket-parts-1722022204

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3D Weaver

The 3D weaver is a loom specially designed for weaving in three dimensions. The Honeycomb weave is based on a simple hexagonal structure and can withstand impacts greater than 300g.

http://www.sosafresh.com/3d-weaver/

http://www.wired.com/2014/07/3-d-printed-body-armor-thats-made-of-yarn-but-can-stop-a-knife/

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Space Weaver

Space Weaver is designed to create ultra-lightweight woven structures with fibrous materials. Using a 3-axis gantry system, woven forms are created in a similar process as most 3D printers, except they produce a significantly higher strength-to-weight ratio, result in zero waste, and require no support material. In short, Space Weaver is a seven foot tall 3D printer that uses carbon fiber and fiberglass to print five foot tall woven structures.

http://monograph.io/evan/space-weaver

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matthew strong weaves carbon fiber eames sofa

the eames fiberglass shell armchair of the late 1950s went through a number of changes in term of its form and thickness, in order that its supporting strength was increased. however, the final model of the shell was almost ¾ of an inch thick, making it impractical and difficult to move. at that point, it was abandoned, and only one upholstered model was ever completed. extensively researching the historical and theoretical relationships between furniture and architecture at the henry ford museum, cranbrook academy of art and MoMA archives, matthew strong offers a design that re-imagines the original eames prototype through a combination of modern materials and traditional craft techniques.

http://www.designboom.com/design/matthew-strong-carbon-fiber-eames-sofa-03-16-2015/

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[Space Weaver] 3D Weaving Machine

Phase 02: 3D Fabrication Machine
CREATIVE ARCHITECTURE MACHINES – FALL 2014
Student Team: Prerna Auplish, Evan Bowman, Ryan Chen

CCA – California College of the Arts
Architecture Advanced Studio
Prof. Jason Kelly Johnson with Michael Shiloh

Space Weaver Instructable Link:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Space-Weaver-A-Seven-Foot-Tall-3D-Weaving-Machine/