Friday, April 24, 2015

Taking Materials from Nature's Waste & Using Them to Develop Products

At a lecture on how nature is inspiring radical innovation, Jay Harmon shared how carrots are now being used to make fishing rods with plans to use this process in snow boards, car parts, and battle ships. Yes, carrots.

Nano fibers are extracted from the carrot, the water is removed, and then it is mixed with hi-tech resins. This  enables tough, durable components to be moulded to whatever shape, degree of stiffness, strength or lightness required.

Two Scottish scientists developed this process and their first product is fly fishing rods and the company is CelluComp.  Very interesting information and video, especially if you are interested in how problems get solved by studying nature.