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.
INSTANT COLLECTIBLE envisions a future design interface in which forms are spontaneously generated by a portable 3d scanner. A wide range of publicly accessible objects will be scanned from a variety of sources around the site of the Museum of Arts and Design, from local jewelry stores to museums, delis, and even the MAD itself, while the limitations of the scanning technology produces inevitable glitches and inaccurate forms. These glitches will be explored in the fabrication of interactive lighting systems & accessories. Scanning and replicating found items challenges contemporary notions of public space, copyright law, and material practice. Radical new technologies, including 3d printing, scanning, and visual recognition, are becoming available to the consumer public that are taking the practice of design away from desktop computer setups and into daily life.
You can check out scans as they start uploading them to their StudioBRAD Shapeways shop over the coming week.
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
Presented by Duann Scott, the session will outline the major processes used in 3D printing such as SLS, SLA, FDM, Polyjet and more, explaining the process uses and limitations. We will also cover many of the materials commonly used in 3D printing such as Nylon, Acrylic, Stainless Steel, Ceramics etc. covering the material properties and design guidelines, how to optimize for the materials and what to avoid. We will also introduce some software, from 3D scanning and repair through to 3D modeling tools such as Rhino, Solidworks, Tinkercad, Meshmixer and the 123D suite.
This will not be a 'learn to 3d model session', but aimed at giving people an understanding of the materials and processes they are designing for.
Entry to the presentation is free with your MAD ticket, Thursday evening is 'pay what you wish' at the Museum after 6pm.
Bradley Rothenberg is who we turned to when Victoria's Secret
was looking for someone to help design and 3D print the Snow
Queen's costume for their annual fashion show. 3D printed in the Shapeways
factory in NYC and festooned with thousands of Swarovski crystals, the
fractal snowflake inspired costume is part of the finale of the parade
to be aired on the 10th of December on CBS (don't forget to tune in!).
We asked Bradley a few questions about the process and how he found
himself designing a costume for Victoria's Secret's Snow Queen.
Q: When Victoria's Secret first approached Shapeways with the concepts
they were looking to explore for the Snow Angels we saw the fractal
nature of the designs and knew they would be a perfect use of the
complexity possible with 3D printing. When they mentioned they were
looking for someone to 3D model the outfit we immediately though of you
with your background in using fractal algorithms in fashion design,
please tell us how you came to explore this from your training in
A: I was lucky enough to work with Vito Acconci whose work was centered
around the intersection of art, Design, & architecture -- this led
me to view architecture not just about the built environment, but
utilizing architectural systems throughout a range of scales, the body
being one of them. More specifically, my interest in fractals started
while at pratt: I was introduced to them while taking a studio with
Phillip Beesley, which led me to want to research more the different
form-making possibilities using fractal systems. This continued into my
thesis project at pratt, where we were looking at making
self-replicating spaces that changed based on a users needs -- Fractals
are a perfect system for this because of their self-similarity
throughout a range of scales. Recently, I collaborated with Gabi
Asfour, and threeASFOUR for their show MER KA BA, in which we were
really interested in the use of fractals to make interlocking textile's
using 3D prints.
Read on for more of the story and images that may be considered not safe for work in some instances (it is Victoria's Secret after all).
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.
The position is for Thursday and Friday every week and the role involves interacting with visitors to the museum, explaining 3D printing processes, 3D scanning people and more. We are looking for someone with an understanding of 3D modeling and 3D printing that are comfortable working in a public space, speaking to people of all ages from around the world. The position runs through to April 20 2014 and there may be a chance for additional hours on the weekend.
To apply, please email email@example.com with a cover letter and resume. We are looking for someone to start straight away so send it through ASAP.
Come in and get 3D scanned at MAD then have a miniature figurine printed at 10cm high in Full Color, Nylon or Stainless Steel, or 5cm high in Bronze, Sterling Silver, Brass or Gold Plated Brass by Shapeways.
This Thursday we are hosting a Meetup at MAD where you can come in on their 'Pay what you wish' night so you can check out the AMAZING exhibition and maybe get yourself scanned like Colby Keller did?
Check out the slideshow of some of the images from the exhibition.
The Out of Hand exhibition will run until June 1st 2014 at Columbus Circle in New York City.
Shapeways Thanks EOS, Occipital, Formlabs, Rhinoceros, LIFT Architects & RUSH Design for their support.
If you have a project you want to 3D print but need some help creating a 3D printable file the Shapeways 'Designers for Hire' are Shapeways community members with a proven record of making other peoples ideas real. Contact Dhemerae Ford to help you 3D print your designs.
Just over 5000 years ago man entered the Bronze Age, now you too can have access to the material that mankind used to build the tools that transformed civilization into what it is today.
The 3D printed Bronze at Shapeways is a high-detail metal with a deep red color similar to rose gold. It has a subtle marbling effect, and the silvery highlights give each piece their own unique character.
As with our 3D printed Brass, this new material will be available at Shapeways as Raw Bronze and Polished Bronze with the exact same design rules as Brass, so items you have designed for one material, will be printable in the other.
Raw Bronze has a rustic matte look with some rough surfaces. It is great for antique-looking objects, vintage and steampunk jewelry, functional parts, and more. Coloration may vary across a single object, and as with all Bronze it may tarnish over time, in a cool way.
Bowie the Bunny 3D Print in Raw Bronze
Polished Bronze goes through an extensive hand polishing process to give it a super smooth, glossy finish. It is great for miniatures, precious objects, and shiny, modern jewelry.
Smithsonian X 3D to be held in Washington November 13-14 is a free event which will show how 3D technologies will transform the work of the Smithsonian Institution, and museum and research institutions worldwide.
For the first time ever, state-of-the-art 3D scanning and image-based modeling technology paired with new Smithsonian tools will enable museum collections, scientific specimens, and entire research sites to be digitally recorded, studied, and shared in immersive detail.
Researchers and conservators can use 3D capture to document and analyze a single artifact or an entire field site.
Curators and educators can use 3D imagery to explore complex ideas and share new discoveries.
Teachers, collaborators, and members of the public can interact with Smithsonian museum objects in new ways.
The conference is scheduled to take place in Meyer Auditorium: Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Please enter the Meyer Auditorium through the Independence Avenue entrance.
Registration is free but limited, so if you are in Washington and have an interest in how cultural institutions can adopt 3D printing be sure to register now.
Although attaching lasers to your toys may be fun, it is not something we recommend, but you can upgrade your toys by (safely) using the lasers in our 3D printers to melt Nylon powder in to all kinds of awesome. Check out some of the upgrades already on show at Shapeways by searching the term upgrade or the TAG upgrade.
This Friday we are taking a look at some of the more functional designs from the Shapeways community using the incredible power of 3D printing to defy gravity, and other feats of material suspension
Like this Lightsaber Stand, no longer shall your Jedi weapon (you are a Jedi) lay on your bedroom floor to be accidentally stood on and activated unintentionally at 3am when half awake and stumbling for a glass of water.
Pliers also tend to obey the laws of physics, falling clumsily to the ground when not held in hands or buried under other tools. Say NO MORE, peg those bad boys to a wall with the Pliers Holder for a Type A Peg Board. (WARNING: may not work on Type B peg board)