Nest cells support heavy weights: bees and wasps
Hives of bees and wasps support heavy weights using hexagonal cells in offset positions.
|Biomimetic Application Ideas|
|Designs for buildings, packaging, and nanoscale products that utilize 120° angles to minimize material use, construct ultra strong stuctures, create strong yet light packaging.|
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"A bees' honeycomb is one of the wonders of the world. Layer upon layer of hexagonal cells of identical size and shape are stacked together as precisely as if the bees had worked to a grid drawn on graph paper. But why should bees build hexagonal cells? Why should they not be square, like boxes, or circular?…As we have already noted, natural organization is economical, expending the least amount of energy and using the least material necessary for a task…Three-way junctions of 120° angles occur quite widely in nature, being the most economical angle for joining things together." (Foy and Oxford Scientific Films 1982:30)
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Designs for buildings, packaging, and nanoscale products that utilize 120° angles to minimize material use, construct ultra strong stuctures, create strong yet light packaging.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Architecture, packaging, nanotechnology, engineering, buildingTubes 84 Mattress - Mattress
DuPont™ Nomex® and Kevlar® Honeycomb Composite Materials - Structural material.