Inspired by Biomimetics

By on April 9th, 2012 in Ideas

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We’ve previously written on research into the application of 3D printing in building construction. The idea is that rather than having a completely uniform interior geometry for building materials, we create variably shaped interiors. In other words, instead of bricks with solid or uniformly latticed interiors, more material occurs in places where more physical stress takes place. 
This approach mimics the biological approach to bones. If you inspect the interior of a bone you won’t find a uniform geometry. instead you see a very efficient use of materials to provide just the right strength for the bone’s use. 
We found an architecture site dedicated to this idea: Biomimetic Architecture, whose definition of Biomimicry is: 
The architectural profession is rapidly embracing digital design technologies developed and applied in the framework of biologically inspired processes. Put simply, nature is the largest laboratory that ever existed and ever will. While biomimicry does not exclude emulating form, we are interested in the processes and systems in which all design resides.
If you need inspiration for amazing designs, go no further than Biomimetic Architecture.
Via Biomimetic Architecture (Hat tip to Deniz)

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!