An Innovative Methodology of Product Design from Nature

Wen, Hui-I, Zhang, Shujun ORCID: 0000-0001-5699-2676, Hapeshi, Kevin and Wang, Xiao-feng (2008) An Innovative Methodology of Product Design from Nature. Journal of Bionic Engineering, 5 (1). pp. 75-84. doi:10.1016/S1672-6529(08)60009-8

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Nature is an information sourcebook of behaviour, function, colour and shape which can inspire visual design and invention. Studying the form and functional characteristics of a natural object can provide inspiration for product design and help to improve the marketability of manufactured products. The inspiration can be triggered either by direct observation or captured by three-dimensional (3D) digitising techniques to obtain superficial information (geometry and colour). An art designer often creates a concept in the form of a two-dimensional (2D) sketch while engineering methods lead to a point cloud in 3D. Each has its limitations in that the art designer commonly lacks the knowledge to build a final product from a 2D sketch and the engineering designer's 3D point clouds may not be very beautiful. We propose a method for Product Design from Nature (PDN), coupling aesthetic intent and geometrical characteristics, exploring the interactions between designers and nature's systems in PDN. We believe that this approach would considerably reduce the lead time and cost of product design from nature.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 08:56
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:01

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