biomimicry

Plant Inspires 3D Printed Material for Cleaning Up Oil Spills

Plant Inspires 3D Printed Material for Cleaning Up Oil Spills

There are few things more environmentally devastating than an oil spill, and the consequences last for years after the initial disaster. All that oil isn’t easy to clean up, despite the best efforts of humans, but nature might have an answer, as it does for so many things. Researchers at the University of Southern California are […]

There are few things more environmentally devastating than an oil spill, and the consequences last for years after the initial disaster. All that oil isn’t easy to clean up, despite the best efforts of humans, but nature might have an answer, as it does for so...
3D Printing, Nature, and the Industry Renaissance

3D Printing, Nature, and the Industry Renaissance

A revolution marks a sea change, a hard resetting of the status quo; a renaissance is, literally, a rebirth. While a revolution is typically relatively short in duration and punctuated by some fundamental shift that changes a paradigm, often political, a renaissance is a process in itself that brings about a more gradual shift in […]

A revolution marks a sea change, a hard resetting of the status quo; a renaissance is, literally, a rebirth. While a revolution is typically relatively short in duration and punctuated by some fundamental shift that changes a paradigm, often political, a renaissance...
3D Printing Events, Regulations, IP, Expertise: Interview with John Hornick

3D Printing Events, Regulations, IP, Expertise: Interview with John Hornick

Our recent inaugural Additive Manufacturing Strategies summit, hosted with SmarTech Markets Publishing, brought together experts in medical and dental 3D printing alongside legal and business leaders to share thoughts on the future of additive manufacturing in human healthcare. The event, rich in expertise, filled two days with insightful presentations and conversations in Washington, D.C., allowing for a […]

Our recent inaugural Additive Manufacturing Strategies summit, hosted with SmarTech Markets Publishing, brought together experts in medical and dental 3D printing alongside legal and business leaders to share thoughts on the future of additive manufacturing in human...
3D Printing Helps Researchers Understand How Tiny Spiders Make Rainbows

3D Printing Helps Researchers Understand How Tiny Spiders Make Rainbows

In some species, males and females are virtually indistinguishable. But in species where the sexes have different appearances, the males tend to be much more flamboyant and brightly colored, the better to attract a mate. The bright red male cardinal is a good example, and nature is full of a rainbow of colors used by […]

In some species, males and females are virtually indistinguishable. But in species where the sexes have different appearances, the males tend to be much more flamboyant and brightly colored, the better to attract a mate. The bright red male cardinal is a good example,...
Disney Research Uses 3D Printing to Design Bendable Machines

Disney Research Uses 3D Printing to Design Bendable Machines

In the construction world, certain characteristics like strength, stiffness and rigidity are highly valued for the integrity and stability of structures. In nature, however, those characteristics are rarely found – and Disney Research is taking a closer look at whether nature, as in most cases, might know better than we do. “Rigidity is a concept […]

In the construction world, certain characteristics like strength, stiffness and rigidity are highly valued for the integrity and stability of structures. In nature, however, those characteristics are rarely found – and Disney Research is taking a closer look at...
3D Printed Photoresponsive Sunflower Could Have Applications in Soft Robotics and Biomedical Devices

3D Printed Photoresponsive Sunflower Could Have Applications in Soft Robotics and Biomedical Devices

It’s no secret that receiving flowers from someone can brighten your day – it’s nice to know that the other person is thinking of you, most flowers have a lovely smell, and they’re not bad to look at either. However, flowers of the 3D printed variety are more than just a collection of pretty petals. […]

It’s no secret that receiving flowers from someone can brighten your day – it’s nice to know that the other person is thinking of you, most flowers have a lovely smell, and they’re not bad to look at either. However, flowers of the 3D printed...
Researchers Turn to 3D Printing and a Unique Flying Fish to Improve the Design of Tandem Wing Airplanes

Researchers Turn to 3D Printing and a Unique Flying Fish to Improve the Design of Tandem Wing Airplanes

Biomimicry, according to the Biomimicry Institute, is the search for sustainable solutions to human problems by mimicking solutions that are already found in nature. This practice has been coupled with 3D printing technology multiple times, from 3D printed dresses inspired by nature and mathematics and using a 3D printed dog nose to make better bomb detection […]

Biomimicry, according to the Biomimicry Institute, is the search for sustainable solutions to human problems by mimicking solutions that are already found in nature. This practice has been coupled with 3D printing technology multiple times, from 3D printed...
Nature and Technology Come Together in Giant 3D Printed Bird's Nest

Nature and Technology Come Together in Giant 3D Printed Bird's Nest

When asked to picture a bird’s nest, most people will immediately go to the same image: a small, round structure, created from twigs, grass and other scavenged bits, with an indentation in the middle for birds and eggs to rest. Not all nests look the same, however, and weavers’ nests are quite different than most […]

When asked to picture a bird’s nest, most people will immediately go to the same image: a small, round structure, created from twigs, grass and other scavenged bits, with an indentation in the middle for birds and eggs to rest. Not all nests look the same,...
Third Annual Benesch 3D Printing Conference Spotlights Biomimicry, Startups, and Legal Issues in Additive Manufacturing

Third Annual Benesch 3D Printing Conference Spotlights Biomimicry, Startups, and Legal Issues in Additive Manufacturing

Yesterday, the law firm of Benesch Attorneys at Law held its third annual 3D Printing Conference, an event geared towards keeping legal professionals up to date on 3D printing and the ever-growing amount of new legal issues that it introduces. This was the second Benesch conference I attended; last year I learned a great deal about intellectual […]

Yesterday, the law firm of Benesch Attorneys at Law held its third annual 3D Printing Conference, an event geared towards keeping legal professionals up to date on 3D printing and the ever-growing amount of new legal issues that it introduces. This was the second...
A Shiny Gold Bug Inspires MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Multimaterial Electronic Device

A Shiny Gold Bug Inspires MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Multimaterial Electronic Device

The golden tortoise beetle is a beautiful insect. I don’t often say that about many insects, but you can’t deny that the golden tortoise beetle, or goldbug, is a pretty, pretty bug. Look at it – it looks like jewelry. It also has a really fun ability – it changes color when you poke it, […]

The golden tortoise beetle is a beautiful insect. I don’t often say that about many insects, but you can’t deny that the golden tortoise beetle, or goldbug, is a pretty, pretty bug. Look at it – it looks like jewelry. It also has a really fun ability...
University of Surrey Replicates Butterfly Wing Structures Using 3D Printed Ceramics

University of Surrey Replicates Butterfly Wing Structures Using 3D Printed Ceramics

Just about everyone loves butterflies, I think, even people who hate insects in general. It’s hard not to be amazed by their beauty and the incredible variety of colors they display; I’ve heard them compared to living, flying jewels multiple times, and it’s an accurate description. How many people, however, while marveling at a brilliantly […]

Just about everyone loves butterflies, I think, even people who hate insects in general. It’s hard not to be amazed by their beauty and the incredible variety of colors they display; I’ve heard them compared to living, flying jewels multiple times, and...
Researchers Optimize Robust, Lightweight, Bone-Inspired 3D Printing Infill

Researchers Optimize Robust, Lightweight, Bone-Inspired 3D Printing Infill

There’s so much more that goes into a 3D print than many people realize. To those unfamiliar with how the process works, it looks like simple magic – but there are a lot of factors that go into the process of turning a design into a physical 3D object, and a lot of decisions to […]

There’s so much more that goes into a 3D print than many people realize. To those unfamiliar with how the process works, it looks like simple magic – but there are a lot of factors that go into the process of turning a design into a physical 3D object, and...
Meet the Bat Bot: Aerial Robotics and Biomimetics Research Result in Caltech's New Autonomous Drone

Meet the Bat Bot: Aerial Robotics and Biomimetics Research Result in Caltech's New Autonomous Drone

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Batman! In my humble opinion, this is how that phrase should really go; Superman has always been a little too squeaky clean for my liking. I know that Batman can really only fly when he’s in the Batcopter, but that’s part of why I […]

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Batman! In my humble opinion, this is how that phrase should really go; Superman has always been a little too squeaky clean for my liking. I know that Batman can really only fly when...
MIT Researchers Use 3D Printing to Create Soft, Nearly Invisible Hydrogel Robots

MIT Researchers Use 3D Printing to Create Soft, Nearly Invisible Hydrogel Robots

Soft robotics are becoming increasingly common as researchers and engineers develop new ways to fabricate robots from materials that range from flexible plastics to silicones. A team of engineers at MIT, however, has created a soft robot that, in a sense, is close to human in its composition, as it’s made almost entirely of water. The transparent […]

Soft robotics are becoming increasingly common as researchers and engineers develop new ways to fabricate robots from materials that range from flexible plastics to silicones. A team of engineers at MIT, however, has created a soft robot that, in a sense, is close to...
Jilin University Researchers Use 3D Printing to Replicate Complex Structures Found in Nature

Jilin University Researchers Use 3D Printing to Replicate Complex Structures Found in Nature

3D printing may be one of the newest methods of fabrication, but in many cases, it also takes cues from the oldest fabrication techniques in the world – older than humanity, in fact. Biomimicry, in short, is the practice of designing based on nature, and we’ve seen many examples of it being merged with 3D printing […]

3D printing may be one of the newest methods of fabrication, but in many cases, it also takes cues from the oldest fabrication techniques in the world – older than humanity, in fact. Biomimicry, in short, is the practice of designing based on nature, and...
A Parrotlet in 3D Printed Goggles Just Proved Researchers Wrong About the Aerodynamics of Bird Flight

A Parrotlet in 3D Printed Goggles Just Proved Researchers Wrong About the Aerodynamics of Bird Flight

Sometimes science can be really, really adorable – while teaching us important things, as well. While putting tiny goggles on a small parrot may seem to be good for nothing more than creating the next viral YouTube hit – a worthy goal in itself – researchers at Stanford University had a much bigger objective in mind […]

Sometimes science can be really, really adorable – while teaching us important things, as well. While putting tiny goggles on a small parrot may seem to be good for nothing more than creating the next viral YouTube hit – a worthy goal in itself –...
3D Printed Dog Nose is Helping to Enhance Electronic Scent-Detection Devices

3D Printed Dog Nose is Helping to Enhance Electronic Scent-Detection Devices

My dogs go crazy when we bring Chinese food home, because they can smell the wontons my husband will eventually feed them. They won’t give him any peace until he finally deposits said wontons into their bowls (note, we rarely give them ‘people food,’ but wontons are a special exception). We all know dogs have […]

My dogs go crazy when we bring Chinese food home, because they can smell the wontons my husband will eventually feed them. They won’t give him any peace until he finally deposits said wontons into their bowls (note, we rarely give them ‘people food,’...
Pleurobot the 3D Printed Salamander Yields Helpful Data for Researchers Hoping to Help Paraplegics & Amputees

Pleurobot the 3D Printed Salamander Yields Helpful Data for Researchers Hoping to Help Paraplegics & Amputees

It’s no secret that we often steal the magic of nature for our own purposes, whether that’s literally in taking animals for their fur and other parts, often tragically, or in gently observing how they move and survive on a daily basis to come up with countless inventions we are able to call our own, […]

It’s no secret that we often steal the magic of nature for our own purposes, whether that’s literally in taking animals for their fur and other parts, often tragically, or in gently observing how they move and survive on a daily basis to come up with countless...
Researchers Developing Super-Strong Materials Thanks to a 3D Printer and the Mantis Shrimp

Researchers Developing Super-Strong Materials Thanks to a 3D Printer and the Mantis Shrimp

The rainbow-colored mantis shrimp is gorgeous to look at – to humans, anyway. To its fellow crustaceans, it’s a purple-eyed horror. The mantis shrimp is a brutal killer that dispatches its prey by beating it to death with a fist-like appendage that can hammer out blows at speeds of 10,000g – the velocity of a .22 caliber […]

The rainbow-colored mantis shrimp is gorgeous to look at – to humans, anyway. To its fellow crustaceans, it’s a purple-eyed horror. The mantis shrimp is a brutal killer that dispatches its prey by beating it to death with a fist-like appendage that can...
3D Printed Claw Device Takes Inspiration from Pacific Sea Urchins

3D Printed Claw Device Takes Inspiration from Pacific Sea Urchins

As with most politically aware, socially conscious citizens of the world, you have probably caught yourself wondering: “I know that sea urchins are nice and all…but what have they done for us lately?” And it is a reasonable question. After all, when was the last time you turned on the news to a headline such […]

As with most politically aware, socially conscious citizens of the world, you have probably caught yourself wondering: “I know that sea urchins are nice and all…but what have they done for us lately?” And it is a reasonable question. After all, when...
Stratasys and threeASFOUR Show Math-Inspired 3D Printed Dresses at New York Fashion Week

Stratasys and threeASFOUR Show Math-Inspired 3D Printed Dresses at New York Fashion Week

Nature in its infinite forms seems at first blush to be random and chaotic. There doesn’t seem to be an overriding logic to it all. And yet, looking closer we see familiar patterns emerge, mathematical sequences that our minds perceive as beauty. You see it in delicate flower petals, in seed heads, shells, the human face, […]

Nature in its infinite forms seems at first blush to be random and chaotic. There doesn’t seem to be an overriding logic to it all. And yet, looking closer we see familiar patterns emerge, mathematical sequences that our minds perceive as beauty. You see it in...
Artist Jennifer Berry Creates Collaborative Art With Bees, Nature's 3D Printers

Artist Jennifer Berry Creates Collaborative Art With Bees, Nature's 3D Printers

“Bees are the world’s first 3D printers,” says Jennifer Berry. An ecologist, landscape designer, artist, teacher, Berry is the founder of Berry Design Ecology, her personal consulting practice. Her work combines her backgrounds in art and biology, and has resulted in some ingenious designs and inventions, including an incredible 3D printer that she designed and […]

“Bees are the world’s first 3D printers,” says Jennifer Berry. An ecologist, landscape designer, artist, teacher, Berry is the founder of Berry Design Ecology, her personal consulting practice. Her work combines her backgrounds in art and biology,...
Janine Benyus Issues Call to Green 3D Printing Sooner Rather than Later

Janine Benyus Issues Call to Green 3D Printing Sooner Rather than Later

If you are interested in the field of sustainability, you have most likely run across the work of Janine Benyus before. She is a natural science writer and author of the book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, among others. If you haven’t time to read her work, you should at the very least check out […]

If you are interested in the field of sustainability, you have most likely run across the work of Janine Benyus before. She is a natural science writer and author of the book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, among others. If you haven’t time to read...
3D Printed BioKnit Shoes Aimed at Simplifying Manufacturing and Recycling

3D Printed BioKnit Shoes Aimed at Simplifying Manufacturing and Recycling

Designer Ammo Liao moved from his home of 28 years in Tainan, Taiwan where the buildings and culture inspired him to develop his design skills, and he took those influences with him when he moved on to the UK to study at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. Liao has, as part […]

Designer Ammo Liao moved from his home of 28 years in Tainan, Taiwan where the buildings and culture inspired him to develop his design skills, and he took those influences with him when he moved on to the UK to study at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College...
3D Printed Fish Scales Inspire Human Armor Development

3D Printed Fish Scales Inspire Human Armor Development

Probably one of the first things that we learn about animals and insects is how adaptive they are to their environments. The animal that taught me this lesson well was the color- changing chameleon, which I understood at a very young age has a much better chance of living in the wild due to its […]

Probably one of the first things that we learn about animals and insects is how adaptive they are to their environments. The animal that taught me this lesson well was the color- changing chameleon, which I understood at a very young age has a much better chance of...
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