biomimicry

3D Printed Gillbert the Robo-Fish Keeps Waterways Clean by Vacuuming Microplastics

A student from the University of Surrey designed a 3D printed robotic fish for a new contest, and her winning entry, a Robo-Fish called Gillbert, happily vacuums up microplastics from…

3D Printing News Briefs, March 12, 2022: 3D Printed Car Parts, Heat Exchangers, & More

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, a Volkswagen subsidiary has invested in an SLM Solutions 3D printer, and Stratasys partnered with Radford to 3D print sports car parts. Then we…

3D Printing News Briefs, March 10, 2022: Standards, Services, Software, & More

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, a proposed ASM standard will work to control how the cleanliness of metal powder feedstock. Meltio announced an official sales partner in Japan, Biohm…

3D Printed Nanostructures to Create Structural Colors like Butterfly Wings

From fashion and art to research in color and lightweighting, butterfly wings have inspired many an innovation, most recently a team of researchers from ETH Zurich whose latest work could…

Lab 3D Prints E. coli Ink for Research into Biofilms

Some of the most fascinating and/or shocking developments in 3D printing over the past decade have involved the application of biomimicry: the creation of machines, materials, or systems whose designs…

3D Printed Clay Tiles to Restore Damaged Coral Reefs in Hong Kong

In 2018, Typhoon Mangkhut destroyed 80% of the corals near Moon Island, located in the Hoi Ha Wan bay at the north end of Sai Kung Peninsula in Hong Kong….

3D Printed Haversian Bone: Biomimicking for Cell Regeneration

Chinese researchers continue to take on the challenge of bone regeneration in tissue engineering, sharing their findings in the recently released ‘3D printing of Haversian bone—mimicking scaffolds for multicellular delivery…

3D Printed Micropump Manipulates Fluid Movement with Vibrating Micropaddles

Many scientists have been inspired by the movements of fish, and paired the concept with 3D printing for interesting experiments. Researchers Zhiyong Tang, Xiufeng Shao, Jianze Huang, Jinyuan Yao, and…

Using Casting, Graphene, and SLM 3D Printing to Create Bioinspired Cilia Sensors

  What Mother Nature has already created, we humans are bound to try and recreate; case in point: biological sensors. Thanks to good old biomimicry, researchers have made their own…

Bioprinting 101 – Part 11, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Here is a brief introduction to regenerative medicine and 3d bioprinting. This is article 10 in our bioprinting series.

Sea Creatures Inspire Lilian van Daal’s Sustainably 3D Printed Chair

Radiolaria are one-celled microorganisms that take their name from the radial symmetry of their spines; they are found in the ocean as zooplankton and while they may be tiny, they…

Arizona State University and PADT Receive Grant to Research Biomimicry and 3D Printing

Biomimicry is the the practice of basing design off of natural structures, such as honeycombs, for example. It has been used frequently in conjunction with 3D printing, as researchers, designers and…

3D Printing News Briefs: June 29, 2018

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs (the last one this month, how is the summer going by so quickly?!), a few companies are announcing special honors and recognitions, and then…

3D Printed Composite Materials Based On Mantis Shrimp’s Super-Strong Appendage

From designing better tandem wing airplanes and improved bomb detection equipment to making lighter weight electronics and helping paraplegics and amputees, people have turned to nature countless times to fix our…

Honeybees’ Surgical Precision Inspires New Design for 3D Printed Needles

No one wants to be stung by a bee, or any insect. No matter if it’s a bee, a wasp, a hornet, etc., it’s going to hurt, and it’s going…

Siemens Uses Nature, Generative Design and 3D Printing to Create Improved Components

Humans are brilliant creatures who have designed many incredible things over the centuries. But when it comes to perfect design, there’s no competing with nature. That’s why many designers and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 –…

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…

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…

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…