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Creating Bio-inspired Solution Ideas Using Biological Research Articles

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What gives you the idea of scrutinizing leaf beetle legs when conceptualizing car tires? Questions like this are approached by a number of method s and tools developed to support the creation of solution ideas for technical problems based on biological inspiration . BIOscrabble, the approach applied here, supports drawing such inspiration from biological research articles. Due to their huge variety and novelty, these articles are expected to have a strong potential for inspiring bio-inspired technical solutions and are assumed to enhance creative thinking during solution search in bio-inspired design by the authors. This work shows that mechanical engineers lacking a biological background are able to creatively use biological research articles for the development of bio-inspired solution ideas . Moreover, during solution search in bio-inspired design, these articles are beneficial in terms of offering additional stimulation for creativity when compared to one of the most relevant bio-inspired design databases.

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Helms, M.K., Farzaneh, H.H., Lindemann, U. (2016). Creating Bio-inspired Solution Ideas Using Biological Research Articles. In: Corazza, G., Agnoli, S. (eds) Multidisciplinary Contributions to the Science of Creative Thinking. Creativity in the Twenty First Century. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-618-8_13

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