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[Bio-inspired design is a transdisciplinary approach; it links biology and technology, generating knowledge beyond the disciplinary borders. Helms et al. (2009) defined biologically inspired design as the approach to using “analogies to biological systems to develop solutions for engineering...
[Why might the planning of a bio-inspired design project be an issue? Is it not possible for such a project to be planned as any other product development project would be? Or should it rather be conceptualized as a biological research project?]
[Biological systems can rarely be used directly in the technical domain. An example would be the use of purified gastric mucins as a lubrification film for contact lenses (Winkeljann et al. 2017).]
[Finding suitable biological or technical systems is one of the major challenges of bio-inspired design. Numerous researchers have developed methods and tools to support systematic search for biological or technical systems (e.g. (Baldussu 2012; Vandevenne et al. 2015; Helms 2016).]
[Why is analysis and comparison of biological and technical system important enough to dedicate a whole chapter to it? In many bio-inspired design processes such as the Technology Pull Procedure (fact sheet p. 169) and the Biology Push Procedure (fact sheet p. 171) Analysis and Comparison is not...
[The transfer of analogies and the generation of bio-inspired technical solutions is the goal of bio-inspired design. At a first glance, bio-inspired analogies are of-ten fascinating – gecko-inspired robots which climb walls, swim suits mimicking a shark skin structure, artificial spider-silk…...
[The method describes five consecutive phases and shows reasons for iterations: In the problem definition phase, a specific (technical) problem is generalized. For the search phase, the method emphasizes the importance of formulating search terms. The analysis phase aims at identifying the...
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