Advanced Bio-Inspired Design and Additive Manufacturing

A special issue of Machines (ISSN 2075-1702). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Manufacturing".

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Interests: bio-CAD and heterogeneous functional cellular topology design; artificial intelligence enabled additive manufacturing process modeling, monitoring, anomaly detection, and control; engineered hierarchical structures and metamaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Taking inspiration from the incredible ability of biological systems to solve engineering problems can result in efficient and elegant solutions. The bio-inspired design approach at the intersection of biology and engineering is based on translating the knowledge of biological systems into innovative designs for products and processes. The recent advances in additive manufacturing, digitization techniques, computational tools, and AI are enabling us to bring and implement nature-inspired technical design innovations. However, realizing the form of efficient bio-inspired designs while still achieving their desired functionality requires progress in the areas of design philosophy and advanced manufacturing.

This Special Issue supports novel and creative research on the techniques, approaches, and theories for bio-inspired designs and their manufacturing processes, in particular additive manufacturing, for engineering and healthcare applications. Submissions of manuscripts on original research and literature reviews in the following areas as specified by the keywords are encouraged.

  • Biomimicry and bio-inspired design;
  • Engineering design;
  • Cellular and hierarchical structures;
  • Topology optimization and generative design;
  • Machine learning and AI-driven design;
  • Bioinspired robotics and machines;
  • Additive manufacturing;
  • Design for additive manufacturing;
  • Biomanufacturing;
  • New manufacturing processes/tools/systems development.

Dr. AMM Nazmul Ahsan
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • biomimicry and bio-inspired design
  • engineering design
  • cellular and hierarchical structures
  • topology optimization and generative design
  • machine learning and AI-driven design
  • bioinspired robotics and machines
  • additive manufacturing
  • design for additive manufacturing
  • biomanufacturing
  • new manufacturing processes/tools/systems development

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Bioinspired Design of Material Architecture for Additive Manufacturing
by Dairon Pleasant, Connor Gavin, Garrett Redden, Jacquelyn Nagel and Hao Zhang
Machines 2023, 11(12), 1081; https://doi.org/10.3390/machines11121081 - 11 Dec 2023
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Abstract
This research explores the enhancement of mechanical properties in material architectures, such as strength-to-weight ratio and resilience, through the inspiration of natural systems. Historically, designs for additive manufacturing have relied on simple, repetitive structures like honeycombs, often leading to unnecessary material expenditure. This [...] Read more.
This research explores the enhancement of mechanical properties in material architectures, such as strength-to-weight ratio and resilience, through the inspiration of natural systems. Historically, designs for additive manufacturing have relied on simple, repetitive structures like honeycombs, often leading to unnecessary material expenditure. This study aims to examine the compressive mechanical attributes of designs inspired by natural systems, including bird nests, cocoons, and the layered structure of skull bones. Through a comparative analysis, we assessed peak load capacity, strength-to-weight ratio, and resilience between these bioinspired architectures and a standard 3D infill pattern utilized in additive manufacturing. Findings indicate that structures inspired by sandwiched bone layers excel in resilience and peak load, whereas those based on bird nests are notably lighter and, in some cases, exhibit the highest strength-to-weight ratio. The insights provided here will help design engineers with empirically backed mechanical properties of bioinspired architectures, offering a novel methodology for the development of material systems influenced by biological paradigms. Full article
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