Digitalis purpurea seed - Scanning electron microscopy

Digitalis 3d takes its name from the latin denomination of a genus of plants, Digitalis, more commonly referred to as Foxgloves. When observed with scanning electron microscopy, the elaborate architecture of their seed (left) presents at least two entwined scales of delicate cellular lattices. These sophisticated porous structures are a powerful image of the intricate bio-inspired lattice designs digitalis 3d aims to support.

Digitalis 3d is being developed by Dr Claire Villette and the Structural Biomechanics Group at Imperial College London (UK). Early applications of these methods include the prediction of natural bone architecture adaptation and the design of tissue engineering scaffolds with controlled cell mechanical stimulation.