Robots weave an insect-inspired carbon-fiber forest in London
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The Elytra Filament Pavilion is a remarkable feat of engineering that’s impressive not only for its looks and its novel robotic production process, but also for its lightweight fibrous composite frame. Each unique hexagonal component weighs just 45 kilograms (99 pounds) and is made from transparent glass fiber and black carbon fiber. Architect and research Achim Menges designed the biomimetic pavilion in collaboration with architect Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate...