Nervous System have just released a new Kinematics jewelry range coupled with a customization app to create unique 3D printed jewelry based on interlocking components. While this is a beautifully simple interface to create customized 3D printed jewelry, it is the potential for draping and compression to fit a large design within a small 3D printer build size when using a process such as Shapeways Selective Laser Sintering that really makes this an impressive application for 3D printing.
Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules.
The system provides a way to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure using 3D printing. Practically, Kinematics allows us to take large objects and compress them down for 3D printing through simulation. It also enables the production of intricately patterned wearables that conform flexibly to the body. Kinematics produces designs composed of 10’s to 1000’s of unique components that interlock to construct dynamic, mechanical structures.
Each component is rigid, but in aggregate they behave as a continuous fabric. Though made of many distinct pieces, these designs require no assembly. Instead the hinge mechanisms are 3D printed in-place and work straight out of the machine.
Above for example, you see a full scale dress design that would be far too large to fit into even our largest printer that can take parts up to 650x350x550mm in Nylon. By converting the structure into a series of self folding connections the entire dress could be compressed down to the smallest possible form (whilst maintaining enough distance so parts do not sinter together) and then be 3D printed in our EOS slective laser sintering 3D printer in one entire print. We would then unfurl the dress from the print build, air blast the excess Nylon powder out of the dress and it would be ready to wear.
This project evolved out of a collaboration with Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group which challenged Nervous System to create in-person customization experiences for low cost 3D printers. The genesis of the project is discussed at length in The Making of Kinematics post on the Nervous System blog.
Some of you may be subjecting you 3D prints to extreme forces like impact, sheer weight, constant flexing and maybe even a little heat, but have you ever wanted to know how hot you can go? Shapeways material tester Brandon has shared a video on his YouTube Channel heating Shapeways Nylon (WSF) 3D prints in mineral oil to deformation then melting point.
"To test I heated WSF in mineral oil and tested how it behaves at higher and higher temperatures. The material starts to soften at around 155-165C and starts to significantly deform and melt at around 170-180C."
The video runs for around 17 minutes but the good stuff (deformation) starts to occur around 155c at the 10:00 minute mark and total failure at around 15:00 minute mark at 170c.
Thanks again to Brandon for sharing, if you have an material torture tests please let us know in the comments on the blog. Below is some wet Nylon I tortured in the microwave
Just launched on Kickstarter is inkimals, a simple tool to help you color, scan and 3D print your own customized designer toys based on four playful templates by AMINIMAL Studio.
As well as the color and scan templates, AMINIMAL are seeking funding on Kickstarter to develop an interactive app so that you can tweak your character in 3D to perfect the awesomeness.
Your backing will help the to develop the software to make this app real and backers of $30 or more will get their inkimal in their hands, 3D printed by Shapeways in full color.
AMINIMAL Studio is a Brooklyn-based company focused on researching complex systems and emerging technologies as an approach to designing 21st century products.
Svetlana Blum Briscella and John Briscella are the creative minds behind AMINIMAL.
As designers and innovators, Svetlana and John have demonstrated 3D printing as a method for manufacturing high quality products for companies such as MakerBot, the MoMA Store and Shapeways. Their compilations of designs include the field test jewelry collection, the Makerbot Mixtape, the Makerbot Watch, overall design of the Makerbot store and the Shapeways sake set creator.
I'm thrilled by Shapeways interactive space at the Museum of Arts and Design and can't wait to share it with our New York community tonight at our meetup. For those of you not in New York, I made a short video tour of the space, so you can at least be there in spirit!
And for those not in the area for now, the Out of Hand exhibition will run until June 1st 2014 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, so you have plenty of time to visit.
Shapeways thanks EOS, Occipital, Formlabs, Rhinoceros, LIFT Architects & RUSH Design for their support.