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Case Studies Archives - The Triz Journal

Investments – 3D-Printed Heart

25/03/2020 |

Darrell Mann

BIOLIFE4D, a Chicago-based company, has created a small 3D-printed human heart. The heart has the same inner-workings as a full-sized heart and was entirely 3D-printed. BIOLIFE4D’s 3D-printed human heart was created using cells from cardiac muscle, which are … Read More

Patent of the Month – Negative Refractive Index Meta-Materials

15/03/2020 |

Darrell Mann

Patent of the month this month takes into another foray into the realm of so-called ‘negative materials’. Or, as seems to be becoming more popular, ‘left-handed materials’. Which has a certain ring to it, if you happen to … Read More

Innovation Capability Maturity & Complexity

08/03/2020 |

Darrell Mann

To paraphrase Leo Tolstoy, ‘all happy enterprises are alike; each unhappy one is unhappy in its own way’. About six months ago now (time flies!) we assembled our first version of the Complexity Landscape Model (CLM) (Reference 1). … Read More

The Operationally Excellent Sinking Of The Titanic

01/03/2020 |

Darrell Mann

One of the most enduring workshop features in the TRIZ community is the ‘save the Titanic’ exercise first conceived by Ellen Domb. Nominally it is about resources, and as such often gets used alongside the 9-Windows tool. In … Read More

Investments – Electrocatalysis Reactor

26/02/2020 |

Darrell Mann

CO2 could be repurposed in an efficient and environmentally friendly way with an electrolyzer that uses renewable electricity to produce pure liquid fuels. The catalytic reactor developed by the Rice University lab of chemical and biomolecular engineer Haotian … Read More

Who Do They Think You Are? (Measuring Mental Gears)

16/02/2020 |

Darrell Mann

Take a look at the following list of words:

Now imagine someone who knows you really well looking at the same words. Which is the word or phrase they would choose to best describe how they see … Read More

Patent of the Month – Bioelectrochemical Bioremediation

09/02/2020 |

Darrell Mann

Some months are better than others. Some weeks are better than others. The first week of September saw a swarm of below-average patents. The second week, on the other hand gave us several candidates for this Patent of … Read More

The ABC(-M) Of Workshop Design

02/02/2020 |

Darrell Mann

Most times people tell us they ‘get’ something, it means they don’t. I hear the word all the time with S-Curves. Everyone, it seems, these days ‘gets’ the theory, but the moment they’re put in a situation … Read More

Investments – Sound Projector

22/01/2020 |

Darrell Mann

A University of Sussex research team have demonstrated the first sound projector that can track a moving individual and deliver an acoustic message as they move, to a high-profile tech and media conference in LA.

Dr Gianluca Memoli … Read More

Deming’s Fourteen Points & Innovation

19/01/2020 |

Darrell Mann

When there was such a thing, I was a regular attender at British Deming Association meetings and conferences. This was the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Deming’s thinking – in the UK at least – was at … Read More

Patent of the Month – Joining Dissimilar Materials

12/01/2020 |

Darrell Mann

Our patent of the month this month takes us to a quartet of inventors at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Washington State. US10,369,748 was awarded to the team on August 6. The invention takes us on a rare … Read More

Measuring Innovation ROI – #1 Big Picture

05/01/2020 |

Darrell Mann

“When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.” John Muir

“To demand … Read More

Investments – Negative CTE Materials

25/12/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Scientists have created materials that shrink uniformly in all directions when heated under normal everyday conditions, using a cheap and industrially scalable process. This potentially opens up a new paradigm of thermal-expansion control that will make electronic devices … Read More

Constructed Crisis?

15/12/2019 |

Darrell Mann

The main thesis of last month’s Book of the Month, Crisis & Renewal, is that real change only happens when there is a crisis. This creates a potential problem for innovation teams, because, turning the book’s finding the … Read More

Patent of the Month – Plasmonic Structures

08/12/2019 |

Darrell Mann

We head to the University of Manchester for our patent of the month this month. US10,345,490 was granted on July 9 to a trio of inventors, two of whom are Nobel-Prize winners. Andre Geim and Konstantin Novos won … Read More

EpiPens & Natasha’s Law

01/12/2019 |

Darrell Mann

This is a photo of Natasha Ednan-Leparouse, recently boarded on a plane from Heathrow to Nice in the South of France. Approximately two hours after this photo was taken, Natasha was tragically pronounced dead. She suffered from extreme … Read More

Investments – Nuclear Diamond Battery

27/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive … Read More

Depression Leverage Points

17/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

From Matt Haig’s book, ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ (Reference 1):

We have a project looking at Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the moment. The Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Veterans … Read More

Patent of the Month – Fusion Power (Almost)

10/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

For the most part, the words ‘nuclear’ and ISIS don’t really belong in the same sentence these days. Fortunately, the ISIS in question here is ISIS Innovation Ltd, an offshoot of Oxford University. I’m assuming the company was … Read More

Boeing 737 Max

03/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I worked fifteen years in the aerospace industry at the start of my career. Safety was everything, something that united the whole industry. When planes fall out of the sky it is not good news for anyone. Therefore, … Read More