The reason why we should 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.

Bamboo has 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.

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. Bamboo is also 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 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.

Special attention is focused on the research of natural composites (bamboo) 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.

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 you have further interest in bamboo technology please contact us.