Biomimicry

My initial interests for my thesis stemmed from animals and the process in which some were able to take in oxygen through their skin. This led to the idea of biomimicry. Abstract principles are being learned from forms, processes, materials, etc. in nature that may be applied to man-made designs. In Delanda’s Matter Matters: Building with Bone and Muscles, a few examples are talked about. Bones are a composite of collagen and mineral crystals. They influenced man-made composites such as fiberglass, epoxy resins, thin glass fibers, etc. The idea of composite structures that can be converted into the other is another principle. Cartilage can convert to bone. It is the assembly and growth factor in bones-ideas of self-assembly can be produced from knowing these functions. The muscle cells contain protein filaments that slide past one another, producing a contraction that changes both the length and the shape of the cell doing the same to the overall shape of the muscle. This allows for the muscle to push and pull on external loads. The ability the exert loads from its ability to contract is being produced artificially.


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