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Erin Rovalo is a Senior Principal at Biomimicry 3.8

How a coconut can save your cellphone

April 21st, 2017|Categories: Additive Manufacturing, Packaging, Product Design|Sectors: , , , |

How a coconut can save your cellphone

Functional gradients are one of the patterns observed in the natural world as a tactic for lightweighting. Recent research published by IOP Science describes how coconuts exhibit functional gradients through the arrangement of fibers leading to greater impact resistance. Might this inspire, say, lightweight + impact resistant cellphone cases?

Curated by Erin Rovalo

Innovation Edges in Biomimetic Chemistry

April 11th, 2017|Categories: Infographic, Materials|Sectors: , , , , , , |

Innovation Edges in Biomimetic Chemistry

During his Synapse webinar, Cutting Edge Green Chemistry, Biomimicry 3.8’s Mark Dorfman outlined seven exciting threads of research in bioinspired chemistry that will drive innovations in the chemical and materials manufacturing sectors. Now, we’ve turned that into an infographic as a quick and easy reference to jump start thinking on applying these exciting research findings.

Curated by Mark Dorfman

Lightweighting Principles Inspired by Nature

April 11th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Infographic, Materials, Structures|Sectors: , |

Lightweighting Principles Inspired by Nature

During her Synapse webinar, Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones, Biomimicry 3.8 co-founder and author Janine Benyus reviewed a set of twelve lightweighting principles inspired by the natural world. Now, we’ve turned that into an infographic as a quick and easy reference to how nature uses materials efficiently and creatively without compromising functionality.

Curated by Janine Benyus

Cutting Edge Green Chemistry

March 30th, 2017|Categories: Materials, Webinar|Sectors: , , , , , , |

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Cutting Edge Green Chemistry

In this recorded webinar, Biomimicry 3.8 chemist Mark Dorfman details how innovation inspired by nature can help you gain the performance and sustainability edge in the chemical manufacturing and materials industries through an exploration of the opportunities life-friendly chemistry offers.

Curated by Mark Dorfman

Infographic: Lightweighting Principles Inspired by Nature

March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, News, Structures|Sectors: , , |

Infographic: Lightweighting Principles Inspired by Nature

During her recent Synapse webinar, Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones, Janine Benyus reviewed a set of twelve lightweighting principles inspired by the natural world. Now, we’ve turned that into an infographic as a quick and easy reference to how nature uses materials efficiently and creatively without compromising functionality.  Go here to get the free download!

Curated by Erin Rovalo

Scientists look to octopi to rethink robots

March 16th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials|Sectors: , |

Scientists look to octopi to rethink robots

A common challenge in biomimetic design is our own limitations in materiality compared to that observed in the natural world. Nature has recently published a paper from robotics scientists making new leaps in the ability to mimic the soft-bodied articulation of octopi by rethinking typically rigid aspects of robotic construction, such as batteries.

Curated by Erin Rovalo

Lightweighting like nature: A futuristic concept no longer

March 9th, 2017|Categories: Materials, Structures|Sectors: , , |

Lightweighting like nature: A futuristic concept no longer

On the heels of our webinar series on Lightweighting Inspired by Nature with Janine Benyus, Nature Nanotechnology has just published new findings on how we might mimic nature’s ability to build lightweight materials with hierarchical nano-, micro-, and macro-structures that self assemble. Lightweighting like nature is a futuristic concept, but these new findings shed new light on how it will be possible.

Curated by Erin Rovalo

Examining biomimicry’s ‘significant potential’ in architecture

March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Product Design|Sectors: |

Examining biomimicry’s ‘significant potential’ in architecture

While I think “What can humans learn from nature?” is a better design question than “Can human intelligence design better than nature?” the Design Exchange’s Evolution exhibit in Toronto appears to present some fascinating demonstrations of biomechanics and design opportunities through investigating how nature works. Shauna Levy, President and CEO of Design Exchange, says in this Canadian Architect article, “There is significant potential for innovation through exploration of biomimicry and we have an opportunity to showcase how some Canadian designers have addressed it.”

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Interface, Inc.’s vision of a factory as a forest

February 18th, 2017|Categories: Circular Economy, Resilience|Sectors: |

Interface, Inc.’s vision of a factory as a forest

How might a factory work as well as a forest? Nicole Miller, managing director of Biomimicry 3.8 says, “First, by changing the company’s mindset and setting an ambitious “north star”; second, using the surrounding ecosystems as a reference to set performance goals; and, third, by developing design concepts rooted in specific site details.” Read more.

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A Peek into Biomimicry at Kimberly-Clark

February 9th, 2017|Categories: Collaboration, Materials, Textiles|Sectors: |

A Peek into Biomimicry at Kimberly-Clark

Marsha Forthofer, a Biomimicry Professional at Kimberly Clark, and Dr. Michael Helms of Georgia Tech share a inside look at a biomimicry project they worked on in collaboration in this free recorded webinar. Great insight into some tools to support problem definition on a biomimicry project as well as “biological readiness level” (BRL) of research findings. Great stuff!

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