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The integration of solutions that evolved by nature, into innovative products of the future

: Becker, Ralf


Bártolo, P.:
Innovative developments in virtual and physical prototyping : Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping, Leiria, Portugal, 28 September - 1 October, 2011
London: Taylor & Francis, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-415-68418-7
ISBN: 978-0-203-18141-6
International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping <5, 2011, Leiria>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
rapid prototyping; additive manufacturing; Fertigung; Produktentwicklung

This paper presents sample products that were developed with additive manufacturing in mind and were inspired by bionic archetypes. The applicable bionic archetypes being investigated and used were mainly actuation and locomotion principles. One of them is the well known as the elephant's trunk like robot, that was developed in cooperation with the German company Festo. This product was awarded with the German future award 2010 (Deutscher Zukunftspreis des Bundespräsidenten), the highest award for technical innovations in Germany and is presented by the Federal President. This illustrates the possibilities of Additive Manufacturing which are widely accepted in the scientific community and increasingly accepted in the industry as certainly leading towards astounding new products.