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Silkworms and robot work together to weave Silk Pavilion

Silkworms and robot work together to weave Silk Pavilion | Research | Scoop.it
Silk pavilion built by a robotic arm and silkworms completed by Mediated Matter Group researchers at MIT Media Lab.
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Researchers at MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter group have created a dome from silk fibres woven by a robotic arm, which was then finished by live silkworms (+ movie).
The project is intended to explore how digital and biological fabrication techniques can be combined to produce architectural structures.

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Antonio de Torres 1862

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A few months ago I was invited to visit the Museum of Music in Barcelona to examine some very interesting guitars.  This came about through my luthier friend Antonio Manjon (Barcelona) who is part of a research project being carried out by Marco Antonio Pérez from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech.   Among other things they are recording the resonances of guitars in different stages of construction as well as those of various historical instruments.  The first guitar we examined was the famous paper mache guitar made by Torres in 1862.    Although I can’t see either one of us making a copy of this guitar we took enough photos and notes to allow that if the day were ever to come that we wanted to.  Here is the bed that we used to trace the outlines of the guitars.  

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