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Structures optimize material use: plants

Plants maximize strength while reducing materials by incorporating tetrahedral elements that can be stacked in hexagonal containers.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"Nature has provided many packaging methods to protect plants and animals against physical impact. The design often uses a minimum of material while offering a maximum of usable space. Tetrahedral elements which can be stacked in hexagonal containers without any waste of space are frequently found in plants." (Tributsch 1984:22)
About the inspiring organism
Plantae
Plantae

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Efficient packaging. Helmets or vehicles that provide crash protection with low weight.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Manufacturing, transportation

References
Tributsch, H. 1984. How life learned to live. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 218 p.
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