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Inspired by Nature, Researchers Create Tougher Metal Materials

Inspired by Nature, Researchers Create Tougher Metal Materials | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Drawing inspiration from the structure of bones and bamboo, researchers have found that by gradually changing the internal structure of metals they can make stronger, tougher materials that can be customized for a wide variety of applications – from body armor to automobile parts."

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Can Mimicking Marine Biology Cure Osteoporosis?

Can Mimicking Marine Biology Cure Osteoporosis? | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Taking its cue from the way coral make minerals, Norian bone cement is a great medical success story.
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Carmakers Copy Bones to Build Lighter Autos

Carmakers Copy Bones to Build Lighter Autos | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Altair Engineering learns from the secrets of the skeletal system to find the best, lightest way to build cars.
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Computation, 3D Printing, and Testing of Bone-Inspired Composites

Computation, 3D Printing, and Testing of Bone-Inspired Composites | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Researchers at MIT have developed an approach that allows them to create physical sample of a multiscale computer model of a synthetic material. he approach allows creation of complex hierarchical patterns such as bones. The process could be scaled up to provide a cost-effective way to manufacture composite materials that are tailored for specific functions in different parts of a structure."

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Human Femur Bone Inspires Concrete Structure

Human Femur Bone Inspires Concrete Structure | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Recent earthquakes around the world have pushed engineering and architect to rethink and redevelop new strategies to reinforce concrete structures. Architect Wilfredo Mendez, is analyzing how bio-adapted structure made of concrete will behave when influenced by seismic forces. Mendez initial thoughts and conclusions have determined that concrete structures could be simulated and compared with the human femur bone. His design has been based on 'force-driven morphology, mechanical resilience and environmental adaptation'.

 

Check also: http://construction.about.com/b/2012/04/22/biotechnology-improving-buildings-earthquake-resistance.htm

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Material That Mimics Structure Of Bone

Material That Mimics Structure Of Bone | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Scientists at KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) in Germany have created a lightweight but very strong material inspired by the intricate microscopic architecture of living tissue – our own bones. The research could pave the way for future super-light materials that could be used in microfluidics devices or to make lighter (and thus cheaper) spacecraft."

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Plastic Car Sandwich Material Modeled on Bone

Plastic Car Sandwich Material Modeled on Bone | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Who would have thought that people designing materials to help cars lose weight would use biomimetics as inspiration? Bayer MaterialScience has done just that with a prototype car trunk lid, using a sandwich structure with a dense outer skin and a foam inner core, which is a lot like bone."

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Printing Artificial Bone

Printing Artificial Bone | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Researchers working to design new materials that are durable, lightweight and environmentally sustainable are increasingly looking to natural composites, such as bone, for inspiration: Bone is strong and tough because its two constituent materials, soft collagen protein and stiff hydroxyapatite mineral, are arranged in complex hierarchical patterns that change at every scale of the composite, from the micro up to the macro."

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A 3-D Printed House That Grows Like Human Bone

A 3-D Printed House That Grows Like Human Bone | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Though scientists like USC’s Behrokh Khoshnevis and Enrico Dini are edging ever closer to developing a 3-D printer large enough to print houses, the technology is still a long way from being widely implementable.That hasn’t stopped architects from designing for it, though--after all, plenty of great architecture is unbuildable.

 

A London design studio called Softkill is leading the way, painting a far-out picture of what 3-D printed architecture could eventually look like. At last week’s 3D Printshow, the team of Architectural Association grads presented a concept called ProtoHome, which imagines a radical new mode of construction based on the strengths of 3-D printing. Their design is in stark contrast to other 3-D printed home schemes, which are either markedly utilitarian or oddly traditional.

 

The spindly, web-like structure is based on an algorithm that mimics the way bones grow in human bodies. It directs extra material to the points of greatest stress within the home, and tells them to form stronger bonds in those spots--hence the rabbit’s warren of micro-columns that form under the home’s long cantilevered deck.

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Biomimicry Shoe

Biomimicry Shoe | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

The idea for this shoe highlights the aesthetics and the shape of the bird skull, along with the characteristics of the lightweight, and highly differentiated bone structure within the cranium. 

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