‘hyphae lamps’ by nervous system
continuing to mimick natural processes and patterns, american design duo nervous system (jessica rosenkrantz and jesse louis-rosenberg)
have created a new series of algorithmically generated lighting designs: the 3D-printed hyphae lamp is individually grown through a method
based on leaf vein formations.
the lamps are grown using a custom design software that nervous system created in C++ using CGAL and cinder.
each one starts from a base volume and a set of root points; the structures emerging through an interactive process as the roots
grow into an auxin filled environment. the system is optimized to produce designs for manufacturing by selective laser sintering.
they capitalize both on 3D-printing’s ability to create complex organic forms. no two lamps are alike, each casting a unique pattern
of branching shadows on the wall and ceiling. the lamps are to order in nylon and illuminated with a set of 3 LED lights that use
a total of 3.6W of electricty. the estimated lifetime of the light is over 50,000 hours or almost the equivalent of 6 years of continuous use.
growth process video
animation by nervous system / music by scion eidolon
various patterns create different branching shadows on the wall and ceiling.
details of the pattern
close-up of the 3D printed lamp
various branching patterns