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Searching for the battleship steel version of spider silk

Biotech company AMSilk and Airbus are planning to use artificial spider silk to create an entirely new generation of composite material.

3rd October 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Munich

Transport/​Aerospace

Spider silk is one of nature’s most astonishing materials. Stronger than steel, tougher than Kevlar and incredibly lightweight, a spider web made from fibres as thick as a pencil would be able to catch a fully loaded A350 weight around 200 tonnes. For decades, scientists have sought to recreate spider silk’s astonishing properties for industrial use. But those efforts have been unsuccessful – until now.

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