Images: V MuseumLondon s Victoria & Albert Museum has unveiled an incredibly intricate robotically woven and biologically inspired carbon-fiber pavilion in its courtyard.Each panel is made from a combination of transparent glass fiber and black carbon fiber, woven into a structure inspired by a beetle s forewing—known as elytra, hence the structure s name, Elytra Filament Pavilion.The panels weigh around 100 pounds each.The installation is the brainchild of experimental architect Achim Menges, along with collaborators Moritz Dörstelmann, Jan Knippers and Thomas Auer.One of those robots will sit within the courtyard during the course of the exhibition.While in situ, it will create new elements that can be added to the structure based on real-time sensed data.
London s Victoria & Albert Museum has unveiled an incredibly intricate robotically woven and biologically inspired carbon-fibre pavilion in its courtyard.Each panel is made from a combination of transparent glass fibre and black carbon fibre, woven into a fibrous structure inspired by a beetle s forewing—known as elytra, hence the structure s name, Elytra Filament Pavilion.The panels weigh around 100 pounds each.The installation is the brainchild of experimental architect Achim Menges, along with collaborators Moritz Dörstelmann, Jan Knippers and Thomas Auer.One of those robots will sit within the courtyard during the course of the exhibition.While in situ, it will create new elements that can be added to the structure based on real-time sensed data.
London s Victoria & Albert Museum has unveiled an incredibly intricate robotically woven and biologically inspired carbon-fibre pavilion in its courtyard.Each panel is made from a combination of transparent glass fibre and black carbon fibre, woven into a fibrous structure inspired by a beetle s forewing—known as elytra, hence the structure s name, Elytra Filament Pavilion.The panels weigh around 100 pounds each.The installation is the brainchild of experimental architect Achim Menges, along with collaborators Moritz Dörstelmann, Jan Knippers and Thomas Auer.One of those robots will sit within the courtyard during the course of the exhibition.While in situ, it will create new elements that can be added to the structure based on real-time sensed data.
This gantry system will support robotic heads that will build the carbon fiber wings.Images: AP Boeing is busy developing its next ultra-efficient commercial jetliner, the 777x, and one of its biggest features—quite literally—are its wings.The airplane will feature longer wings than most airplanes to improve its aerodynamics: The drag created at the wing tips is reduced by increasing the aspect ratio between length and depth of the wing, allowing it to be more efficient.Only problem is that the wings will need to be so big—114 feet long and 23 feet wide—that they will in fact have to fold so that they can squeeze through to airport gates.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the new 1 million square foot center is very close to where the entire airplane will ultimately be assembled.Huge curtains are used to stop dust from moving between sections of the facility.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Hyperloop: Elon Musk s supersonic 760mph train explainedIBTimes UKCapsules for the 700 mile-per-hour Hyperloop train will be made from a new carbon fibre-based material called Vibranium.Although a trademark of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies HTT , Vibranium is the same name as the fictional material which forms the shield used by Marvel Comics' Captain AmericaFor use in the Hyperloop, Vibranium is a form of woven carbon fibre that is embedded with sensors which monitors the real-time performance of the material – sounding the alarm if any damage is detected.As well as damage, the material's temperature, stability, integrity and so on can be transmitted wirelessly.Dirk Ahlborn, chief executive of HTT, said: "Safety is one of the most important aspects of our system.The new material will be used on the two-layer outer skin of Hyperloop carriages, which will each be blasted through a low-pressure tunnel at up to 700mph.Thanks to an electromagnet, HTT recently announced a magnetic levitation system to make the carriage float above rails.
How about a ceramic-topped, modern table that will not only keep your friends talking for days, it will also cool your wine and let you prepare hot dishes on its surface.Swedish design firm Kram/Weisshaar has produced SmartSlab, a swipe-controlled table with a thin ceramic top that cooks, heats, and cools food, and seats six diners.We thought, why don t we look into integrating circuitry into the tiles?Beneath the ceramic, which is made from Ceramica s SapienStone, are a foam layer, an aluminum spine, and a hot-formed, fiber-reinforced bottom layer made from recycled plastic bottles.So you can cook on one end of the table and keep hot dishes warm and cold dishes or wine cool at specific locations all the way down its length.An LED touch interface lets you use your iPhone or Tinder swiping skills to turn on and adjust the SmartSlab s various cooking, heating, and cooling elements.
Aside from the fully carbon-fiber tub—like a million-dollar LaFerrari—you won't find much high-tech zootery or is that high-zoot tech-ery?It's as simultaneously brilliant and flawed as actual Ferraris of 10 or 15 years ago.There's also a four-mode stability control program with settings for Natural, All-Weather, Dynamic, and Race modes the latter disabling all stability control but leaving anti-lock brakes active .In the less-is-more department, a $500 "Racing" exhaust system option slices the muffler out entirely, leaving all mufflage to the four catalysts and the turbocharger itself.So healthy that I dug in a bit with some quick math, using an old but very reliable drag-racing calculation for engine performance based on speed through the end of the quarter-mile.As for the pedal itself, it's a substantial item, mounted to the floor at a point of very high structural strength compared to most hanging pedals.
If you re making a supercar in 2016, you need a few key ingredients.After all, how do you top dihedral doors and a V8 that sounds like heaven as it produces a demonic 666 horsepower?You make the entire thing out of carbon fiber and call it the McLaren Special Operations Carbon Series LT.Desirable?Hell yes.McLaren plans to start deliveries later this year.
Debuting at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Vuhl 05RR has more power and less weight than the previous 05, which was already pretty light on its feet.Mexico-based Vuhl pronounced Vool says the 05RR is still road legal, although it s hard to say whether anyone would want to drive this go-kart on steroids anywhere but on a track.The 05RR uses the same Ford-sourced 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine as the original 05, but output has increased by 100 horsepower to 385 hp.That power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.The 05RR gets an aggressive aero package, including a big rear spoiler and Formula One-inspired diffuser strakes.Vuhl hasn t published pricing information yet, or said whether the 05RR will be sold in the U.S.
Photograph: Linda Nylind for the GuardianVisitors to the Bespoked Handmade UK Bicycle Show in Bristol earlier this year would have noted how bike building in the UK is undergoing a renaissance.Photograph: Richard Craddock/Filament CyclesCraddock spent a number of years designing cycles for various brands and riding for an amateur racing team in France before deciding to build a carbon bike exact for me .He spent almost four years developing and testing before offering his Filament bespoke carbon frames to the public.Two riders of the same height could be stocky or like a willow, and I can build for their weight, not only their height.For instance, the bike pictured features Sram s new wireless eTap gear-changing system, for which Craddock was able to build a frame with zero provision for cables, rather than just plugging a stock frame s redundant holes with rubber as some of the major manufacturers are doing.Of course, this kind of attention to detail isn t cheap, yet his bikes often cost less than top-tier mass produced models from major manufacturers.
Acura is taking the NSX racing, and we've got our first glimpse of the supercar as it tackles the track in development form.Though it's not expected to officially compete in North American competitions until 2017, the NSX GT3 car is getting its practice in early, and looking mighty appealing in the process.On the outside, there's minimalistic exposed carbon fiber bodywork; that'll undoubtedly be covered up with logos and such when it comes to actually hit the track in earnest, sadly.Plenty of custom aero is in sight, too, including a huge deck wing spoiler and bigger hood vents than the road car.The aerodynamic work continues underneath, where there's an underbody diffuser.However, the biggest differences are to the powertrain: gone is the hybrid system used by the production NSX but not permitted according to GT3 rules.
Lamborghini recently inaugurated a research and development center in Seattle, Washington that aims to drive advances in carbon fiber technology.We ve just learned that one of the projects it s working on involves bringing carbon-fiber connecting rods to production.For the uninitiated, a connecting rod is a part found inside the engine that connects a piston to the crankshaft; a V8 consequently has eight connecting rods, while a four-cylinder has four.Carmakers have historically manufactured connecting rods out of steel or aluminum, but Lamborghini believes there s room for massive improvement.The company is looking into making connecting rods out of forged composite, a construction technique that forms ultra-strong carbon fiber components quickly using a mixture of heat and pressure.Research shows that building connecting rods out of carbon fiber can reduce their weight by anywhere between 40 and 50 percent.
Fifty years ago, if you wanted to catch a glimpse of the future of motorsports, you'd have to head down to a workshop.Now, you might find yourself sitting in an isolated car seat in a small, empty room beneath Ford's HQ in Dearborn Michigan, clutching two Wii remotes and donning a VR goggles.This is the Ford Immersive Vehicle Environment, where the company's designers and engineers can explore their creations, inside and out, before any physical models are even made.The speed by which we can develop vehicles has been hugely impacted by this.All of which not only cuts down development time by up to a year, but can also reduce costs by as much as a million dollars per prototype – the kind of expense that may be acceptable across a production run of hundreds of thousands of road cars, but proves prohibitive when it comes to small batch motorsports vehicles.Instead, look to the racetracks of the World Endurance Championship, where teams are encouraged to show far less restraint.
Even three decades after Tron hit cinemas, its influence on futuristic design shows no signs of slowing down.The Cyclotron bicycle borrows both look and name from the science-fiction film, with a design that s unmistakably based on the Light Cycle, namely its two illuminated, spokeless wheels.Besides being visually striking, the wheel halos turn themselves on in low-light conditions, serving as an additional safety measure by increasing visibility, and can last for eight hours on battery alone.The wheels themselves are hubless, enabling what the designers are calling USMs, or Utility Slot Modules, which are storage containers made to fit inside the wheel where the spokes would be in the traditional wheel.While a great concept, we re eager to find out how the added mass in the wheel will affect the gyroscopic effect.The base Cyclotron is a manual 12-speed, but the top-of-the-line model offers far more intrigue with an electronic gearbox that can shift in under a fifth of a second, even while at a standstill.
Standard size tripods are fine if you haven't got to walk far or are prepared to lug it around, but they're cumbersome when you're away from home, which is where travel tripods come in.Smaller in size, they're much easier to carry around and to fit in your suitcase , but still stable enough to shoot long exposures with.There are a host of aluminium construction tripods available, but we've opted to look at the carbon fibre options here - they cost more, but they're lighter than aluminium alternatives.A tripod's no good without a head to set the camera on, and we've picked models that feature ball heads, offering quick adjustment as well as benefiting from small proportions to ensure they take up the least amount of space when you're traveling with them.Marginally heavier alternatives won't be a noticeable burden, but they can provide much more rigidity and versatility.Each includes a compact ball head, but check carefully: a ball that's too small for a larger DSLR will become a precarious balancing act.
Tipping the scale at just 2,332 pounds, the Mazda MX-5 Miata stands out as one of the lightest new cars on the market today.The Japanese firm is always looking to push the envelope in terms of lightness, and one of the company s top executives has revealed that the next-gen model will lose even more weight.The next-generation Miata will make extensive use of ultra-light materials, including carbon fiber, in order to shed precious pounds without shrinking down in size, according to Nobuhiro Yamamoto, the roadster s project manager.And while the idea of using carbon fiber to shed weight isn t new, the material remains relatively expensive, so it s currently best suited to high-end sports cars like the BMW i8 and the Lamborghini Huracán.However, Mazda is confident it can solve the cost problem by developing a new, more affordable type of carbon fiber in the coming years.Yamamoto explains that making the Miata lighter will allow it to use an even smaller engine because it will have less weight to move around.
Sitting underneath the breath-taking flagship i8 in BMW's spin-off i range of electric and hybrid vehicles, the i3 is a small, funky, premium electric car with a striking design and a light carbon fibre and aluminium construction.It was launched in 2013, but this year its makers have gone back to the drawing board and come up with a refreshed version.The i3 remains one of the most desirable and aspirational electric cars out there, says Auto Express, which named the i3 its green car of the year two years running.Like its bigger i8 brother, the i3's overall shape strongly resembles the concept car from which it came.As a result, it one of the most unique and futuristic-looking small cars you can buy, with Evo saying there's nothing else on the road that looks like it.It's still unmistakably a BMW, though, and keeps key traits such as the kidney grilles at the front in place.
But if you knew that they were weaving you a strange and mathematical hammock while you were gone?Suddenly that fear turns to wonder — and eventually, a nap.The Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures was developed at the University of Stuttgart s Institute for Computational Design.The concept behind it is swarm construction : many small robots working together to produce a single item.In this case, the bots are like wall-hugging Roombas weaving a carbon fiber nook that looks like it sprang fully formed out of a Spirograph.We are only at the very beginning of exploring the true architectural potential of this fabrication system, ICD director Achim Menges told Dezeen.
I ll just say it: a wall-climbing spiderbot that spins incredibly strong webs from carbon fiber strands is not the kind of thing I want to be fighting when the robots rise up.But death-by-robotic-web aside, these wall-climbing swarm construction robots mark a breakthrough in robotic construction and bots working together.The proper name for the spiderbots is the Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures, and it s designed by the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart.As Dezeen explains, the system relies on multiple Roomba-esque robots, which climb up walls, passing around a spool of carbon fiber to weave an intricate structure.DON T MISS: iPhone 7 survival guide: Release date, specs, pricing and moreIn the demo in the video, grad student Maria Yablonina and the ICD team used two robots to weave a hammock.
Apple did a tremendous job on the visual design of the iPhone 6s.In fact, it s probably still one of the most gorgeous smartphones in the world nearly a year after it was first released.But structurally, Apple probably could have done more to make the iPhone 6s sturdier and better able to withstand a drop.Luckily, that s why third-party cases exist — and finding great deals on hot third-party iPhone cases is one of the reasons the BGR Deals team exists.Check out the Spigen Neo Hybrid Fiber Reinforced Case for iPhone 6/6s, which is on sale for more than 50% off at $7.99 right now on Amazon.Upgraded frame is reinforced at cutouts for sturdier durability and a snug fit
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