Cellular materials. Innovation. Bamboo.

Why not use innovative bamboo materials in medical prosthesis?

Natural bamboo has stunning similarities with human bone which makes bamboo materials perfectly suitable for this application. Denkfabrik Bambus believes in the combination of bamboo and medicine.

Cellular materials are gained or copied from nature and have unique lightweight construction philosophies.

Bamboo is a natural grass with enormous static and dynamic properties – on top it is a wonderful fighter towards a decarbonized world and limits climate change.

Cellular biomaterials are materials gained or copied from natural materials. All natural materials are composite materials composed of different constituents where on part is always a stiff fiber like cellulose or protein structure collagen. Bamboo perfectly uses this toolbox – a strong cellulose fibre and a glue component “lignin” are enough to build a very symmetric and static pole which bends in the wind and withstand an earthquake.

Bamboo is also the fastest growing plant on earth with a remarkable growth rate of 90cm per day  (0.00003 kilometer per hour). Botanics have identified more than 2000 different bamboo plants. One of them lead to Thomas Edisons light bulb filament – a marvellous invention enriching our daily life.

Biomaterials are super materials with structural similarities. Bamboo is quite similar to the human bone. Both constructed as a load bearing composite structure and both are developed for an optimum of lightness and flexibility.

To transform bamboo towards a common material like steel there are technical details we need to get right. But these are no more than making sure steel is protected from rusting and has the right heat treatment. They are simply the equivalent technical details and higher technology developed by arundoobiomaterials and the future materials lab (FML) for using bamboo as a high tech material. Once you do that – once you think about it properly as a serious technical material – it becomes one. The difference is not the material itself.

Bamboo can be used in many contexts. Creative and innovative approaches are the best way for solving complex problems. Material design and invention is one of the best ways to bring innovation to the physical world sourrounding us.

Demanding applications are not closed to natural industrialised materials which are strong and durable. In specific terms bamboo has to be engineered to fit to standard regulatory affairs. However modern glues and chemicals provide a wide range of structural modifications and strong bonding.

Denkfabrik Bambus is also an interdisciplinary lab applying modern ways of prototyping  for industrialising natures high-tech materials. Design Thinking leads to the invention of innovative products and materials of future “Green Industries” and the upcoming “Green Economy” worldwide. Special attention is focused on the research of natural composites (bamboo, cork etc) for medical engineering.

Hybrid materials, manufacturability and productization of commonly used high-tech materials are in the focus of research.  Imagine even cars, trains,  lantern light poles, ships or even aircraft wings are manufactured from an industrialised natural ressource – bamboo.

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Cellular materials consultancy

Results from our research interest in bamboo and other biomaterials and their profound uses in higher technology can lead to a shortening in material integration processes and innovative idea development. If your institution is interested in consultancy please get in contact with our Think Tank.

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