I had the wonderful opportunity to meed with Jeff Dawson from Carleton's Biology deaprtment.
During our meeting Jeff brought me to the biology departments rapid prototyping room. Here he showed me how biology is able to use the application of 3D printing for the benefits of teaching aids and research within the field of biology.
They use completely open source software, from their 3D scanning tools to their 3D modeling programs. They have a 3D printer and utilize opensource sharing that is available online to gain access to scans of plants and animals from around the world.
Jeff beleives the combincation of 3D printing and open source files and softward breaks through limitations of research in biology and the applications of biomimicry in the design world.
Jeff has also been very kind to lend me the book The Shark's Paintbrush by Jay Harman