• Bionic Learning Network

    Bionic Learning Network

    Learning from nature: In our Bionic Learning Network, the principles of nature provide us with new insights for technology and industrial applications.

  • BionicCobot


    Free-moving, intuitive to operate and predestined for direct human-robot collaboration; the pneumatic lightweight robot BionicCobot.

  • BionicMotionRobot


    From sensitive to powerful – the robot arm can fluently perform the natural movements of an elephant’s trunk and an octopus’s tentacle.

  • OctopusGripper


    The flexible silicone tentacle not only grips softly and securely – it also fulfils the strict criteria of a soft robotics component.

  • Bionic Learning Network 2015

    Highlights 2015–2016

    What can the production of the future learn from nature already? Our bionics projects from the years 2015 and 2016 reveal this.

  • Bionic Learning Network 2014

    Highlights 2013–2014

    Whether at sea, on land or in the air: experience our bionic highlights from the years 2013 and 2014.

  • Bionic Learning Network 2010-2012

    Highlights 2010–2012

    Between 2010 and 2012 bionics made a big step towards industrial practice. Find our more about the highlights from these years.

  • Bionic Learning Network 2006-2009

    Highlights 2006–2009

    Festo has presented the latest bionic technology platforms since 2006. Click through the most important projects over the first four years.

Bionic Learning Network

Inspiration for factory and process automation 

Automation technology carries out everyday tasks in factories such as gripping, moving and positioning goods as well as controlling processes. Nature performs all of these tasks instinctively, easily and efficiently. What could be more logical than to examine these natural phenomena and learn from them?

That is why Festo set up the Bionic Learning Network, a research network linking Festo to well-known universities, institutes, development companies and private inventors.

Who are the members of the Bionic Learning Network?

Members of the Bionic Learning Network – interdisciplinary teamwork

We have been dealing intensively with the bionics field since the start of the 1990s. The launch of the Bionic Learning Network in 2006 heralded the start of a dynamic and open exchange of ideas with well-known universities, institutes and development companies.

The core team consists of engineers and designers, biologists and students from Festo. It works closely with specialists from other departments as well as external partners from all over the world. This open, interdisciplinary teamwork offers new perspectives and inspiration for industrial applications and possible future standard products.

  • Festo: Bionic Projects core team, Research and Development, Product Management, Testing, Product Development, Product Design, Exhibition Stand Construction, Corporate Design
  • Universities and institutes: TU Berlin, Delft University of Technology, TU Ilmenau, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, University of Oslo and Akershus, Department of Product Design, University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten, University of Stuttgart, CIN University Tübingen, University of Ulm, Fraunhofer IPA ...
  • External companies: aeroix GmbH, Effekt-Technik GmbH, Evologics GmbH, JNTec GbR, Sachs Engineering ...

What does Festo want to achieve with bionics?

Objectives of the Bionic Learning Network – more than just developing new technologies

To motivate, inspire and enthuse and to kick-start innovation – as a technological leader and as a learning company, Festo is pursuing a set of clear objectives with the Bionic Learning Network:

  • To establish networks and to motivate people from different sectors to develop their ideas with Festo
  • To keep track of current trends in research and development and to test new technologies and manufacturing methods
  • To encourage greater creativity in solution processes and to drive preliminary product development through prototyping
  • To discuss possible solutions with customers and partners and obtain customer feedback in relation to issues surrounding innovation
  • To demonstrate the solution expertise of Festo in a way that will inspire young people to take an interest in technology and help us to discover new talent

How do our customers benefit?

Festo as a development partner – a driving force for customer innovations

The Future Concepts of the Bionic Learning Network serve as development platforms that combine a wide diversity of technologies and components – from manufacturing concepts via series products, up to software and control or regulation technology.

Continuous optimisation of the various technologies provides Festo with complex insights and approaches to developing and optimising new products and applications together with customers and partners. The expertise gained in this process makes Festo the partner of choice for its OEM customers from diverse sectors with various different requirements.

By providing appropriate components and solutions, services and expertise, Festo supports its customers from the outset in the development of their products and accompanies them from market analysis up to functional simulation, from prototyping up to efficient and productive series production.