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A 3D-printed insect can fly
posted December 16 2010 19:16.35 by Giorgos Lazaridis

Charles Richter and Hod Lipson from the Cornell Computational Synthesis Laboratory, created a tiny insect that is able to fly, not with rotational propeller, but by flapping it's wings. The wings are 3D printed, as well as many other parts of the insect. It weight 3.89 grams, has 4 wings (14.3 cm wingspan) and it can fly for 85 seconds, which is a very good record for something that small. View a video of the insect here, and read the paper for more details.

[Link: Cornell University]
Tags: robot   physics   3D printing   mechanical   research   science   

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