Italy located +LAB has demonstrated their robotic arm for the first time in last year’s autumn. Inspired by nature and silkworms, and controlled by the artifact intelligence of special algorithms, Atropos fluently moves in space depositing a continuous fiber of thermosetting composite material, instantly cured as it comes out of his head. The fiber is fed directly from a six-axis robotic arm.
The developers consider that six axes of movement are optimizing the performance and the material consumption. To implement their idea +LAB used the robotic arm made by KUKA, and mineral fibers supplied by Owens Corning.
The prototype can print a sample of glass and basalt fiber, added to the acrylic resin photopolymer. In the future, the range of possible raw materials for printing will be expanded, above all, carbon fiber and polyaramide. The team is also exploring the use of epoxy resins as a binder.