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Biomimicry for designers : applying nature's processes and materials in the real world

Author: Veronika Kapsali
Publisher: New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The natural world contains infinite examples of how to achieve complex behaviors and applications by using simple materials in a clever way. As we begin to exhaust the natural resources we rely on to create our products and environments, designers are increasingly turning to nature, where organisms make use of limited raw materials to survive, for inspiration about how to invent fascinating solutions to everyday  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Veronika Kapsali
ISBN: 9780500518489 0500518483
OCLC Number: 959536471
Description: 240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Contents: A brief history of biomimetics --
Biomimetics in myth and reality --
Biomimetic design --
The future --
01. Shape. Biology. Hedge thorns; Timber beetle mandibles; Bird flight; Kingfisher beak; Dolphin body shape; Humpback whale pectoral fin; Boxfish --
Biomimetic application. Barbed wire; Modern saw chain; Modern aviation; Shinkansen bullet train; Streamlined vessels; Applied tubercle systems; Bionic car --
02. Surface. Biology. Shark skin; Burdock; Gecko feet; Lotus leaf; Morpho butterfly; Starfish pedicellariae; Leaf stomata; Thorny devil; Namib beetle --
Biomimetic application. Superfunctional texture; Velcro; Super-adhesive texture; Lotus effect; Mophotex; Micro-gripping texture; Stomatex; Passive water harvesting and distribution; Fog and dew harvesting --
03. Structure. Biology. Giant reed stem; Honeycomb; Natural cellular systems; Natural cellular structures; Auxetic materials; Wood; Nacre; Dinosaur eel; Scaly-foot snail; Seahorse skeleton; Glass sponge; Polar bear fur; Plant roots --
Biomimetic application. Technical stem; Airless tyres; Minimal-material products; Blast-resistant textiles; Biomimetic wood; Synthetic nacre; MetaMesh; Advanced protective equipment; Resilient structures; Bioglass-inspired structures; Solar textiles; Transpirational textiles. 04. Making. Biology. Paper wasp; Cocoon silk; Spiker silk; Bacterial silk; Bacterial cellulose; Mycelium; Tissue cultures; Photosynthesis; Bacteria; Slime mould --
Biomimetic application. Paper industry; Man-made fibre industry; Synthetic spider silk; Bolt threads; Biocouture; Mushroom materials; Meat and materials; Biobatteries; Hybrid electronics; Brainless computing --
05. Towards 4D design. Biology. Squid nerves; Artificial intelligence. The brain; Swarm intelligence. Fire ants; Biorobotics. Plant roots; Man-machine hybrids; Bird aviation; Octopus --
Biomimetic application. Schmitt trigger; Intelligent machines; Swarm robotics; PLANTOID; Robotic exoskeletons; Morphing aeroplane wings; Soft robotics --
Self-replication and self-assembly. Self-replication; Movement; Protein molecules; Flower buds --
Biomimetic application. RedRap; Sculpting with motion. Self-assembling furniture; Autonomous self-assembling robots --
Soft machines. Wheat awn; Penguin coat; Pine cones; Spruce cones; Octopus skin --
Biomimetic application. Amorphous robots; Insulating textiles; Adaptive textiles; Programmable wood; Dynamic soft surfaces.
Other Titles: Applying nature's processes and materials in the real world
Responsibility: Veronika Kapsali.

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The importance of biomimetics - imitating life's natural processes - has been known for years and designers have often looked to nature for formal solutions. This book presents many examples, showing  Read more...

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