nervous system uses floraform to 3D print intricate wearable designs
all images courtesy of nervous system
‘floraform’ is a generative design project by massachusetts-based studio nervous system. combining science, simulation, and 3D printing, the system can be used to computationally craft intricate, nature-derived designs that can immediately be printed and worn, displayed, etc.
‘floraform hyphae’ sculpture in 3D-printed nylon
each piece emerges from a simulation of differential growth — the biomechanics that allows leaves to grow and flowers to bloom. expanding from the edge, the computer program can transform simple surfaces into flexuous forms that fill space with curves, folds, and ruffles. through developed mechanisms, nervous system is able to control, manipulate, and sculpt the process from start to finish.
the studio’s collection using the technology now has 24 unique jewelry items and sculptures. all unique, the line explores how using different starting geometries can be used to create drastically different end results. ‘floraform’ works are made for the fingers, wrists, or neck, as well as the shelf or desk. pieces are printed using selective laser sintering, with sterling silver options available (printed in wax, molded, cast). for an in depth look at the technical details behind ‘floraform’, visit nervous system’s blog here.
growth process of a ‘floraform’ piece expanding from its edges
‘floraform ornata’ sculpture in 3D-printed nylon
‘floraform ornata’ detail
‘peloria’ pendant in pink 3D-printed nylon
jewelry in silver
sterling silver cast from 3D-printed wax
closeup view of the textures and patterns
many pieces are derived from naturally occurring flower structures
some works draw influenced from the ruffled arms of jellyfish
edited by: nick brink | designboom