Next Article in Journal
Hydrogel Actuators and Sensors for Biomedical Soft Robots: Brief Overview with Impending Challenges
Previous Article in Journal
Oil-In-Water Microemulsions as Hosts for Benzothiophene-Based Cytotoxic Compounds: An Effective Combination
Open AccessCommunication

Towards a Design Process for Computer-Aided Biomimetics

1
Deparment of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
2
School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
3
School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare St, Nottingham NG1 4FQ, UK
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Biomimetics 2018, 3(3), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics3030014
Received: 6 April 2018 / Revised: 8 June 2018 / Accepted: 17 June 2018 / Published: 21 June 2018
Computer-Aided Biomimetics (CAB) tools aim to support the integration of relevant biological knowledge into biomimetic problem-solving processes. Specific steps of biomimetic processes that require support include the identification, selection and abstraction of relevant biological analogies. Existing CAB tools usually aim to support these steps by describing biological systems in terms of functions, although engineering functions do not map naturally to biological functions. Consequentially, the resulting static, functional view provides an incomplete understanding of biological processes, which are dynamic, cyclic and self-organizing. This paper proposes an alternative approach that revolves around the concept of trade-offs. The aim is to include the biological context, such as environmental characteristics, that may provide information crucial to the transfer of biological information to an engineering application. The proposed design process is exemplified by an illustrative case study. View Full-Text
Keywords: Computer-Aided Biomimetics (CAB); Biologically Inspired Design (BID); biomimicry; biomimetics; bionics; design theory; innovation; invention; problem-solving Computer-Aided Biomimetics (CAB); Biologically Inspired Design (BID); biomimicry; biomimetics; bionics; design theory; innovation; invention; problem-solving
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Kruiper, R.; Vincent, J.F.V.; Abraham, E.; Soar, R.C.; Konstas, I.; Chen-Burger, J.; Desmulliez, M.P.Y. Towards a Design Process for Computer-Aided Biomimetics. Biomimetics 2018, 3, 14.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop