Mar 3, 2019

Artificial muscles for robots could be made by spider silk, finds study

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Spider silk, which is tougher than steel, could be used as artificial muscles for robots, research finds.

Spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, can be used to create artificial muscles or robotic actuators, scientists say.

According to researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, the resilient fibres respond very strongly to changes in humidity.


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  • Yoshihiro Nomura on March 5, 2019 7:13 am

    Dear Sirs:
    I will contact you suddenly.
    Please forgive impoliteness.
    I am a northern part of Kyoto. It is engaged in the product development of SpiderSilk in Kyotango City.
    I have served as the representative of ISANAGO LLC.
    I appealed to install the facilities for research of SpiderSilk by the transgenics of silkworm origin by which Professor Masao Nakagaki is studied.
    The plan was recognized by the Japanese government.

    The investigation bailment to Shinshu University will be ended in March in the Heisei 29 fiscal year.
    A subject is in research and development of SpiderSilk.

    Professor Nakagaki’s investigation level has reached the level which also exceeds this enterprise.
    If Professor Nakagaki’s investigation stops as it is, it is not an overstatement although it becomes national loss.
    We thought that SpiderSilk could be used for an artificial muscle.
    Conductivity can be given to SpiderSilk.

    I replaced with metal motors and think it possible to consider it as competition 2 articular muscle.
    I think that the artificial muscle of medical use can also be developed, of course.
    We desire continuation of Mr. Nakagaki’s investigation, and enhancement.

    Therefore, isn’t the financial or human support to the basic experiment to commercial production, demutualization, etc. got?
    I ask it, though very ill-bred.

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