** Apply biomimicry to methods of rapid prototyping/ manufacturing** (using biology inspired design to create a new way to produce something in a sustainable way – using natural polymers, and low power for high strength based on natural structures and forms)
** Bring Biomimicry into the maker community** (tools for making biomechanics more accessible in prototyping – materials, structures, joints and interactions
Some combination of the 2?
Using Biomimicry to allow biomechanics to be used in prototyping
Personal Prototypers (DIY community, at home prototyping, personal projects, home crafts and products etc. )
Professional Prototypers (Designers and Engineers etc. )
more sustainable processes - use less power,
use less harmful materials - nature is based on a limited number of proteins, while humans use countless number of heavy metals, plastics, and other unnatural materials.
Barriers to prototyping - Software, 3D thinking, costly processes and materials, hard to locally find prototyping processes, lack of understanding/ awareness
Lack of structural information - typically people prototype to use the least amount of material internally, and have a smooth external surface. Printing a solid piece would be much more expensive, and perhaps just as brittle and weak, Takes away from the structure of the peice. structure and joints can be used from natrual insparation to ensure structual lightweight peices
Lack of biomimicry in design - it is not easy to sift through all of biology to find a natural solution to a design problem
With insparation from biology, design can be inspired to take new shapes, have new functions and use fewer harmeful materials.