Biomimicry engineering: Diving deep at the Innovation Awards

MATILDA GENNVI-GUSTAFSSON | January 30, 2020

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How can nature inspire the next wave of innovation? From cuttlefish to manta rays, we explore some of the novel biomimetic engineering solutions on display at this year’s Ericsson Innovation Awards. The deep blue oceans have always fascinated me. I grew up in the far North of the world where waters are rarely clear nor have inhabitants that have bright colors or unexpected shapes.

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3Faktur is a 3D printing service bureau based in Jena, Germany. We offer additive manufacturing of plastic parts as prototypes or in batch production. Our main technologies are Multi Jet Fusion by HP Inc. for low volume production of end-use parts, as well as Stereolithography epoxy resin and Polyjet soft and rigid acrylic resins for rapid prototyping.

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