FESTO combines nature and engineering in their new eMotionButterflies

What better way to engineer a flying robot than to have it mimic the already successful movements of butterfly wings? This German-based industrial manufacturer and eCATALOGsoultions customer, FESTO, does just that, in their Bionic Learning Environment, with their all new eMotionButterflies.


FESTO proves that nature and engineering are two disciplines that can go hand in hand. In the video above you almost have to do a double take when looking at the beautifully engineered flying robots that take on a Monarch form.  With their ultralight wings and collective behavior, they float graciously in the air, flapping their wings in sync. They did this by designing the biggest possible wingspan and combining it with the smallest possible weight to support its very small power unit, which is what makes these flying machines so unique.

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FESTO combines nature and engineering in their new eMotionButterflies


This isn’t the first time FESTO has taken animal movements and mimicked it into their robots mechanical engineering. The Bionic Learning Network is a branch of FESTO that focuses robots on taking on animal forms by mimicking their motions. They do this because they believe nature already has instinctive movements for gripping, moving, flying, positioning and controlling, so why not take what already works and put it in their robots operating systems. The Bionic Learning Network has put out previous animalistic robots like an elephant’s trunk, an octopus’ tentacle, kangaroos and even BionicANTs. Although the previous products have all been impressive, none can compare to the small operating system in the eMotionButterflies.

FESTO uses CADENAS eCATALOGsolutions platform to effectively display their parts in a 3D catalog directly within their website,  generating more than 140,000 downloads per month. The CADENAS technology makes it easier for their customers to access their parts in 2D and 3D CAD data formats. Through CADENAS PARTSolutions, FESTO’s CAD data is available for all of their flexibly configurable products.

To learn more about the types of robots the Bionic Learning Network puts out you can visit the following links:

eMotionButterflies: https://www.festo.com/group/en/cms/10216.htm

Bionic Learning Network: https://www.festo.com/group/en/cms/10156.htm


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Adam Beck

Director of Marketing at CADENAS PARTsolutions | A Marketing graduate from the Miami University, Farmer School of Business in Oxford Ohio, Adam has years of experience in marketing and design for a variety of industries.