Mar.12, 2012

Do you still remember this stunning beautiful Hyphae lamp, an organic table lamps based on how veins form in leaves. The lamp is designed and 3D-printed in nylon plastic by Nervous System.

Nervous System was founded in 2007 by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg. Their inspirations are grounded in the natural forms and corresponding processes and they create one-of-a-kind organic-looking yet algorithmically created accessories.

The results are full collections of gorgeous jewelry, including the Cell Cycle. Cell Cycle is a line of 3D printed nylon and stainless steel jewelry. Instead of modeling them in a commercial software, Nervous System wrote their own program "the Cell Cycle design app". The computer program is made using Processing.js and WebGL and based on processes and patterns found in nature. Nervous System wanted to create a user friendly version of software that anyone could use design and create their own pieces.

The Cell Cycle design app allows you to shape, twist, and subdivide, transforming a simple mesh to a complex patterned structure. Since 3D printing is still a quite expensive process and Nervous System wanted to create a form that could be made and sold at an affordable price point. The cellular nature of their designs enclose a large amount of space but use only a small amount of material. By minimizing the material usage, the manufacturing costs of these pieces can be minimized and that's part of their design idea - to bring 3D printed products to the masses.

The Cell Cycle webGL design app is built on the web, You can make jewelry, lamp shades, sculptures... whatever you want, entirely in the browser. You can change the shape, thickness and roundness in real-time, then you can save, load, and share what you create. You can use template if you are beginner for design, or create a variation on a standard model. Afterwards you can have your design created using a 3D printer.

Nervous System has also developed an iPad version of the app. This is especially interesting because it adds new ways to interact and design. The app is so playful that anyone, including amateurs, could make cellular jewelry and sculpture for 3d printing with this Cell Cycle design app. "We use inexpensive materials and believe that the value of our designs comes from an intelligent and beautiful marriage of form and function, not the current price of currency standards." said Nervous System.

We would suggest that you play with this app for a while, it is very addictive. Maybe you could design a very cool stuff, then you have an option to let it 3D printed and delivered to your door.


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Jessica | Nervous System wrote at 3/13/2012 12:47:23 AM:

thanks for the feature!

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