November 2016

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Manufacturers Take a Page From Mother Nature

Posted by on 29 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry


Wall Street Journal highlights nature inspired design…

The European aviation giant wanted a lighter, 3-D-printed version of a partition mounted to a curved cabin wall that supports fold-down seats for flight attendants. The efficient way simple slime molds spread to seek food in forests and other places inspired designers, who eventually created a complex lattice of more than 60,000 tiny metal bars using a structure based on mammal bones. Continued at WSJ…

With Nature as a Guide

Posted by on 11 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Wise words from the folks at and



Biomimetic Design Method for Innovation and Sustainability

Posted by on 02 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry, books


A new book for those who want to delve deeply. From the authors:
Presenting a novel biomimetic design method for transferring design solutions from nature to technology, this book focuses on structure-function patterns in nature and advanced modeling tools derived from TRIZ, the theory of inventive problem-solving.
The book includes an extensive literature review on biomimicry as an engine of both innovation and sustainability, and discusses in detail the biomimetic design process, current biomimetic design methods and tools.
The structural biomimetic design method for innovation and sustainability put forward in this text encompasses (1) the research method and rationale used to develop and validate this new design method; (2) the suggested design algorithm and tools including the Find structure database, structure-function patterns and ideality patterns; and (3) analyses of four case studies describing how to use the proposed method.
This book offers an essential resource for designers who wish to use nature as a source of inspiration and knowledge, innovators and sustainability experts, and scientists and researchers, amongst others.
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