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Biomimetics is an approach that helps scientists develop new materials and devices based on principles present in nature. We’ve talked about how it’s applied in robotics, but there are many other fields in which it’s also used.

How Biomimetics Helps Scientists Create Materials With New Properties

Boston Dynamics’ Spot, bionic kangaroos and even ants – biomimetics allows us to replicate almost any living thing. But why do roboticists look to animals for inspiration, what do they do at ITMO, and how do you make a robot act “natural”?

Biomimetics: The Science of Robo-Animals

Natural surfaces exhibit a unique surface design enabling amazing surface properties such as anti-reflection (Moth eye effect), decoration (Morpho butterfly), self-cleaning (Lotus effect) and many more. Learn how Fusion Bionic tackle innovative surfaces through laser technology using biomimetics.

Innovative surfaces through bio-inspired principles

In this episode, we talk about how engineers inspired by some of biology’s most miniature wonders (like dandelions' seeds and microorganisms' cilia) are using their knowledge to make major breakthroughs in biosensing, robotics, biomedical engineering, and more.

Podcast: Size Matters: Tiny Biomimicry Leads to Big Breakthroughs

Nature has developed a myriad of surfaces which are optimized for their specific environment. Taking inspiration from various effects such as the shark skin or lotus leaf, engineers are developing todays most advanced surfaces using biomimetic effects.

Biomimetics enable the next generation of products

In this episode, we talk about how ostriches are inspiring a new generation of bipedal robots and the innovation enabling remote endovascular surgery.

Podcast: Bird-inspired Bipedal Robots & Robotic Surgeons

Having proven that a biologically-inspired model based on a hoverfly's vision system can boost the signal-to-noise ratio of imagery, a team of researchers has now applied it to sound — as a means of detecting and tracking small drones earlier and more accurately.

A hoverfly's vision system serves as the basis for this acoustic drone detection and tracking approach

Created by the Dynamic Locomotion Group at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS), BirdBot serves two purposes: Demonstrating a more efficient bipedal robot design, and furthering our understanding of how birds' legs work.

BirdBot, a 3D-printed bipedal robot, offers major efficiency gains through avian biomimicry

Created by a team at the University of Washington and inspired by nature, these microgram-weight sensor systems can be deployed by simply scattering them into the wind — just like the dandelion seed.

Inspired by dandelion seeds, these tiny battery-free sensor systems ride the wind

The next step in machine learning, how 3D printing will change the airline industry, and why flies hold the secret to robotic flight.

Podcast: Abstract Machine Learning, 3D Printing Airplanes, Learning Flight From Flies

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As technology has become more accessible, 3D Printed casts have grown in popularity, owing to several benefits. However, all casts share a fundamental flaw - they are single-use products

3D Printing Sustainable Casts

Can cellular materials serve as a design solution for achieving lightweighting of engineering structures? Let’s listen to what nature has to say.

Lightweighting with Cellular Materials: Insights from Nature

Sometimes, breaking rules is not a bad thing. Especially when the rules are apparent laws of nature that apply in bulk material, but other forces appear in the nanoscale.

Self-assembling, biomimetic composites possess unusual electrical properties

“The nexus between two revolutionary disciplines is inspiring us towards a future improved society”

Tissue Engineering and 3D Printing: Two Revolutionary Disciplines Now Fused Into One

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