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Name: Form: Tech group:

BIOMIMETICS

Situation:


Designers and inventors have always
taken inspiration from nature when
creating new products. From Leonardo
Da Vinci's flying machine to Speedo’s
Sharkskin swimsuits. This is called
Biomimetics
. (as in, to
mimic

or copy
nature).

Success criteria

Peer
assessment

Teacher
assessment

4b

Has chosen a natural source of inspiration and
designed a product linked to the source in some way.

4a

The design has

a clear link to the source of inspiration.

5c

Has

also labelled their design clearly.

5b

Has also added colour of their design

and filled out the
evaluation.

5a

Has also

shown creativity in their interpretation of the
natural inspiration.

6c

Has produced an original

and interesting design based
on the inspiration which is labelled with materials that
would be used.

6b

Has researched their

own source of inspiration and
designed a suitable product.

6a

Has researched their own source of inspiration

and
designed an appropriate product

7c+

Has included highlighted and annotated research
related to their own source of inspiration.

You should hand in…

Challenge


Choose a source of natural inspiration
and design a textile product which
mimics or copies your inspiration in
some way. Textiles products are made
from fabric and include clothing,
interiors such as curtains and bedding,
outdoors products such as tents and
hammocks and even building materials
such as insulation. Use the success
criteria below to support you in meeting
or exceeding your MEG level.


Your research for
level 6a
and above

(key information should
be highlighted)

Your design

(coloured and labelled)

Evaluation

(written in full sentences)

Some ideas to get you going...

Examples of biomimetic design

1. Velcro: inspired by Burrs

2.
Morpho

Butterfly: iridescent
fabric

3. Pinecones:
waterproof fabric

The curved ends of the
Burr thistle stick onto
passing animals to
spread their seeds.
Designers created
curved ends to
velcro

bristles so that they could
stick together in the
same way.

Tiny ‘feathers’ on the wings of
a
M
orpho

butterfly reflect
light to give the impression of
being blue where no pigment
exists. Fabric has been
developed to give the
appearance of bright colour
without use of dyes.

The shape of the pinecone
with its down
-
turned scales
protect the plants seeds. A
fabric has been developed to
allow moisture caused by
perspiration to pass through
tiny holes which are covered
so that rain water cannot pass
through from above.

Choose from the 7 examples given...

Or come up with your own natural source of inspiration.
Print our your research and highlight important phrases


you could also
annotate your research with initial ideas.

4. Honeycomb


Bees produce a
hexagonal
structure for their
young. The
hexagons have the
advantage of



Strength


Warmth


Take up less
space

5. Cocoon


Caterpillars create
a cocoon to
protect

themselves
during
metamorphosis.
Cocoons offer



Protection


Hang from trees


Comfortable
shape

6. Leaves


The membrane
(skin) of

a leaf
allows to moisture
to escape whilst
remaining
waterproof from
the outside… think
about waterproof
clothing that might
need to let sweat
out!


7. Octopus
suckers


The shape of
octopus suckers
allow them to stick

onto a surface and
unstuck as
needed… think
about non slip
safety features/
stickable

products.

Example:

Product:_________________________

Inspired by:______________________

Draw and label your design below, don’t forget to label and add colour.

Evaluation:


Explain what
Biomimetics

means
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What is the function of your product and how is it related to nature?

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What are the strengths of your design?

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What are the weaknesses?

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How could your design been improved further?

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