Plants maximize strength while reducing materials by incorporating tetrahedral elements that can be stacked in hexagonal containers.

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“Nature has provided many packaging methods to protect plants and animals against physical impact. The design often uses a minimum of material while offering a maximum of usable space. Tetrahedral elements which can be stacked in hexagonal containers without any waste of space are frequently found in plants.” (Tributsch 1984:22)

How Life Learned to Live: Adaptation in NatureThe MIT PressJanuary 1, 1983
Helmut Tributsch

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