Biological manufacturing

By | February 14, 2012
While I don't find the shape of the Ajiro bike very appealing, this is a fascinating concept: molding and using living plants to solve our engineering problems as opposed to manufacturing processes.

The idea itself isn't new; another prime example is the 'living bridges' in Northern India – bridges built from carefully maintained entwined roots, capable of self-repair against erosive (mostly water) forces facing the high mountain regions.
Meghalaya's Living Bridges

Although we have similar attempts to create synthetic self-repairing, self-cleaning, and self-replicating materials in production – consider what nanotechnology, graphene,or cubelets can do today – still, nothing beats nature itself. The one biggest downside is manufacturing times: Creating a living bridge takes a few generations of work, and creating a bamboo bike – even given how fast-growing bamboo is compared to trees – isn't exactly a two-day effort.

The Ajiro Bamboo Bike is Grown From the Ground Up
A student designed this bike from bamboo grown out of the earth.

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