3D printing technology could well be the boost that biomimetic needs to take off. Going much beyond producing replacement parts for injured animals, 3D printing could easily take traits identified from animals and plants and print enlarged versions to try them out for different applications (e.g. insect leg joints). Identified traits within species that could potentially have applications for our needs will now be much easier to try-out thanks to 3D printing technology.
photo credit: Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary