The next generation of spiderwebs could be a whole house generator.
That’s the hope of a team of scientists at the University of Saskatchewan who have been developing a “living house” to power their house spider project.
“The design of this house spider, and the way it functions, is entirely based on our idea of a living house,” says John MacKenzie, an assistant professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the university.
“It has the same structure as a house, but it also has a very flexible, modular structure.”
The house spider’s ability to adapt to its environment is crucial to its survival, says MacKenny, who was not involved in the work.
It has the ability to move about, but can also be kept inside a sealed enclosure, and it can climb and climb.
“When you look at these spiders in the wild, they are very adaptable,” he says.
It can be a house and it could be an entire house.” “
But the thing that makes this house, is that it’s modular.
It can be a house and it could be an entire house.”
This living house is made from 3D printers.
Image credit: John Mackenzie, Assistant Professor of Engineering, University of Saskatoon.
It’s the ability of a spider to move around in its environment that allows it to stay within its own enclosure.
The living house uses a simple structure to help it survive.
Image source: John, John MacKennys, and others, University.
To start the house spider off, the team made a 3D model of the house.
“We then made an enclosure for the spider to live in,” MacKennys explains.
“Then we designed the house in such a way that it was going to be self-sustaining.
The spiders legs would not be attached to the house at all, and we would be able to move the house around as needed.
We then took a large polyethylene mold and put that inside the spider.”
The 3D print process was not that easy.
The spider was not made from a single piece of material.
Instead, it had to be extruded out of an acrylic tube and then cut to a specific length.
“You can make a spider out of a single material, but the 3D printing process is more complicated because it is basically a process of melting the plastic into a shape that can then be printed,” MacKenny says.
The 3Ds were not the only things they had to overcome.
The team had to make a few tweaks to the design, such as adding a few hinges to the base of the spider.
They also had to design the spiders legs so that they could be folded to allow it to walk on its own.
“So, we added hinges on the base, and they have to be folded back up again so that when the spider moves the hinges it doesn’t just fall on its armpits,” MacKenys explains, adding that the spider has a range of movement.
“And, in the end, it has to be completely self-sufficient, so we can have a whole living house, not just a single spider.”
To make the house, the researchers used 3D printer technology to create an entire housing structure.
They were able to use a 3DS Max file to make it from the beginning to the end of the 3d model.
“I was able to make this house,” Mac Kennys says.
This living home is a 3d printer printout of a house built using 3d printing.
Image courtesy of John Mac, John.
MacKenzies group also had a part in creating a “smart house” which uses artificial intelligence to help make sure the spiders home lives.
“In the smart house, there is no need for spiders to crawl in and out,” Mac Kennys says, adding, “We have this really smart algorithm that allows the spider just to get in and move around.”
The smart house is now able to automatically turn off the house when the temperature gets too high and the spiders need to go outside to be protected.
This “smart” house is part of a larger project that is looking to make robots that can help house spiders live.
The “smart home” was made by the team from the design of the first house spider.
It is also part of the larger 3Dprinting project.
The house spiders “living” house spider is currently on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Toronto.
This project is funded by the University’s Science and Technology Fund, and MacKennes group hopes to have it finished by summer 2019.