Bio-Inspired Design Projects

Get inspired by what others have accomplished using biomimicry and put your own project on the list.
Blue gears working together.

The Best Biomimicry Examples

Countless inventors and designers throughout history have been inspired by nature. Here you find a few extraordinary examples of applied bionics. Which do you find most impressive?
Shinkansen high speed train in Japan.
Bird’s Beak

Bio-Inspired Highspeed Trains in Japan

The Shinkansen bullet trains had become too fast for the tunnels and track structures. Therefore, the shock wave of air had to be reduced.
By observing the splash-less water entry of birds, engineers were able to solve the issue and even increase efficiency.
Sonic boom causing structure collapse and inefficiency.
Bio-inspiration from kingfisher bird
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Nose geometry adjusted after beak of kingfisher
Result: 10% faster, 15% less electricity used
Shark Skin

Biomimetic Anti-Fouling Coating

Fouling caused by microorganisms on ships leads to great economic issues for companies. The diamond-shaped structure of shark skin is used to develop anti-fouling coating which also increases the speed of ships.
An impressive display of its effectiveness could be witnessed during the 2008 Olympic games when virtually all swimming records were broken by swimmers wearing Speedo’s “shark skin” line.
Anti-Fouling: Coating prevents fouling and corrosion of structures.
High-Speed: Better aerodynamics and less resistance.
Water Resistant: Layers of skin repel water.
Shark swimming in aquarium.

Inspiration

Initial inspiration from observing a mechanism in nature.

Idea

Idea that the observed mechanism could be useful.

Development

First temporary fastener based on sticky principle.

Long-term succcess

Velcro® has been in business successfully for 65+ years.

Burdock’s Seed

Velcro® Fasteners

Touch fasteners by Velcro® have long been the prime example of bio-inspired design. After noticing how Burdock seeds stick to almost any material, Swiss engineer de Mestral invented the first version of the temporary fasteners that can now be found in clothing, industrial applications and medical devices.
Anti-Fouling: Coating prevents fouling and corrosion.
High-Speed: Better aerodynamics and less resistance.
Water Resistant: Layers of skin repel water.
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