This week at SXSW, Shapeways launched it’s new API, which enables anyone to make apps that make products. Our Designer Spotlight focuses on one API user, Invisible Light Network, who created a way to visualize music into the wearable form of Nu Bracelet.
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Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
Light Network is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn.
We’re involved in everything from industrial design to interactive,
animation, and film projects. What ties everything together is an
excitement about exploration and trying new things.
What’s the story behind Nu Bracelets? How did you get music to look so good?
of our biggest interests recently have been 3D printing, music, and
fashion – and we wanted to do a project that brought all of those
Nu is our attempt to make something that was not only
beautiful and inspired by music, but was actually generated by the
musical data in a song. We wanted to embrace the concept of 3D printing
and create a concept where every single customer would get a completely
The code behind Nu is built in Rhino’s
Grasshopper framework for generative modeling. Shapeways and Rhino work
together incredibly well – it’s a completely painless process to move
between the two.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
Shapeways is well known in the industrial design community for their innovation
and quality, so it was always our first choice as there’s really no
other way we could have produced something this complex. In addition,
the process of working with Shapeways has always been so easy and
everyone there is incredibly available to help.
Who inspires you? Any designers you like on Shapeways?
always try to pull our inspiration from many fields. Nu was very
inspired by architecture and structural designers. We’ve always liked
the work that Nervous System and Geraldesign have on Shapeways.
How was the API to work with?
API was very easy to work with and integrate on our site. Just as
important as the API, however, was the availability of the Shapeways
team, like Brad, to help us with any questions we had during the
process, which makes all the difference.
Check out the Nu page and order your own custom music bracelet.
Excited to try the API? Start here!
And if you’d like to be featured in the next Designer Spotlght, email firstname.lastname@example.org