Construction of a cilia inspired carriage system
Hair-like appendices, so called cilia, occur on the surface of cells of prokaryotes as well as eukaryotes. In coordination with each other, these eukaryote cilia perform coordinated movements, which allow them either to locomote themselves or to move objects along their surface. Even multi-directional transport could be observed. For industrial issues, this phenomenon could be used as a paragon to design mechanisms on microscopic and macroscopic level to sort and redistribute sensitive components, which cannot be handled by conventional grippers. This article describes the design process and realization of a macroscopic demonstrator for this principle. It can be shown, that the bio-inspired idea of a mechanical implementation of cilia-like object-transportation in air may be successfully embodied on macroscopic scale.