Scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas have developed a super strong artificial muscle fiber made out of fishing line.
Details of the new invention were described in an issue of the journal Science released today. Scientist Ray Baughman and his team found coiled fishing line can be used as a muscle like fiber to lift heavy loads.
The team made the discovery while studying high-strength polymer fibers, which are commonly found in fishing line. They found that when fishing line is twisted into a coil, it can be used like a muscle fiber to lift heavy loads. In fact, it’s so strong that it can lift loads 100 heavier than human muscle fiber of the same length. Now, scientists want to use the invention as artificial muscle fiber for robots, prosthetic limbs and exoskeletons. Here’s a video of how they made it.
Baughman said the technology may be used in commercial applications within 5 to 10 years. Best of all, fishing line is pretty cheap, so he will have a lot to work with.
“The idea of being able to take something so cheap, you can buy fishing line for about $5 a kilogram, there’s just no barrier for entry into this,” said Baughman.