'Biomimicry as a tool for developing bioinspired products: Methods, process and application
Authors: Antônio Roberto Miranda De Oliveira, Amilton Arruda, Carla Langella, Valentina Perricone
Abstract: Biomimicry is a method of transferring natural strategies developed over millions of years of evolution into new practical applications. The identified biological principles are abstracted and used to solve problems with the aid of technological tools. Based on a biomimetic bottom- up approach, the present study regards the development of new orthodontic forceps based on pedicellariae, which are reactive pincer-like structures present on different echinoderm surfaces, e.g., sea urchins and sea stars. The morphological study carried outby means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and digital fabrication lead to the designing of a new bio-inspired solution for optimized orthodontic surgical forceps promoting less damage to the alveoli, with minimal tissue disruption, as well as providing greater comfort to the patient. Through biomimetics, ergonomic concepts and generative design, a new product is developed.
Keywords: Biomimicry, Bioinspired design, Design process, Forceps, Echinoderms
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