Biomimicry Concepts

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Biomimicry Concepts

  1. 1. Biomimicry Concepts Coordinators: Guido/ Michalik Design@UArts Spring 2007 Tom Reynolds IDES201 Project Studio
  2. 2. Biomimicry Concepts Opossum’s Tail Application: Rope with “opossum tail” at end for picking up and carrying things. Grip wrap for climbing trees that does not damage tree at all. The opossum’s tail is prehensile. It is not covered in hair which allows it to be used in variety of different ways; it acts as a third limb. It can wrap around many different things to hang, carry and support them climbing. Coordinators: Guido/ Michalik Design@UArts Spring 2007 Tom Reynolds IDES201 Project Studio
  3. 3. Biomimicry Opossum’s Tail Rope and Strapping Concepts A B Model A- made with 1/2’’ rope Model B- made with 2’’ nylon strapping Model B had significantly better ability to hold things Coordinators: Guido/ Michalik Design@UArts Spring 2007 Tom Reynolds IDES201 Project Studio
  4. 4. Biomimicry Concepts Hummingbird Beak Application: Makes things able to open wider but stay rigid when not flexed. Garden Tools The beak of a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird serves multiple functions just as the beak of any bird does. Hummingbird’s beaks are shaped perfectly for getting nectar out of flowers, but are poorly shaped for catching insects to survive. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird’s beak has adapted to open wider by bending in the middle like a flexible piece of plastic. Coordinators: Guido/ Michalik Design@UArts Spring 2007 Tom Reynolds IDES201 Project Studio
  5. 5. Biomimicry Concepts Hummingbird Beak Kitchen Aid Kitchen Aid Model made from plastic Model Drawing with improvements for cooking utensils, show how end opens the opening and closing mechanism. wider to grab more food. Coordinators: Guido/ Michalik Design@UArts Spring 2007 Tom Reynolds IDES201 Project Studio

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