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Authors: Lisiane Ilha Librelotto, Paulo Cesar Machado Ferroli and Franchesca Medina

This paper presents as a theme the productive capacity of bamboo related to the circular and creative economy. It aims to discuss at potentialities for its development in Brazil. It has become clear that the various stages of industrial production must respect the natural capital, rescuing issues such as the extraction of raw material and its impacts, the optimization of resources, the quality of the material, the use of materials available locally, the generation of employment and local income, socio-environmental responsibility and the search for sustainable and low-cost materials. In the national scenario one can see the abundance of bamboo and its economic potential, both on the scale of family and industrial production. At the same time, new ways of thinking about the economy, including circular and creative economy, are gaining space.


Lisiane Ilha Librelotto, Franchesca Medina, Paulo Cesar Ferroli, Emanuele de Castro Nascimento, Luana Toralles Carbonari


Bioinspired lightweight product design involves complex geometries that are difficult to be made with traditional manufacturing processes. A unique way to create such complex geometries is through additive manufacturing. The overall objective of this research is to take a systems approach for the design of lightweight structure material systems. The system approach consists of four dimensions including unit structures, functionality, material layers, and physical properties. A case study is conducted based on aux, balsa wood, and auxetic structures for the lightweight material design. 3D model tests (e.g. finite element analysis and sustainability analysis) and physical tests are conducted on the developed materials and served for target purposes. The results of this research offers new insights into the design, manufacture and application of smart lightweight structures in engineering fields and contributes to the engineering management by providing a systems engineering approach to the lightweight material structure design realm.

Authors: Owen Gagnon, Brenton Whanger, Hao Zhang, Ji XU