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nervous system uses kinematics for wearable 4D printed forms
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nov 29, 2013
nervous system uses kinematics for wearable 4D printed forms


nervous system uses kinematics for wearable 4D printed forms
all images courtesy of nervous system

 

 

 

creating complex, foldable forms, ‘kinematics’ by nervous system is a software tool for 4D printing that is composed of articulated modules. the process enables for any three-dimensional shape to turn into a flexible structure using 3D printing. combining computational techniques with body physics and customization, large objects can be compressed down through simulation to produce intricately patterned wearable items that conform to the human figure. based on this concept, a jewelry collection and accompanying app have been released along with a free-to-use app for desktop 3D printers – they allow for the production of necklaces, bracelets and earrings with users able to sculpt the shape and control the density of the pattern.

 

 


‘kinematics’
video courtesy of nervous system

 

 

the ‘kinematic system’ produces designs composed of multiple unique components that interlock to construct dynamic, mechanical structures. each element is stiff, but in combination they behave as a continuous fabric – the distinct pieces require no assembly, instead the hinge mechanisms are 3D printed in place. rigid units can also be introduced using a connecting joint that locks in at a preferred angle. nervous system have worked on a flexible dress that can be printed through computational folding. the simulation interprets body physics to accurately model the behavior of the design’s almost 3000 unique, interconnected parts to find a configuration that fits inside the volume and printer.

 

 


kinematics necklaces in polished black 3D printed nylon

 

 


tetra kinematics 120-n 

 

 


kinematics necklaces in white polished 3D printed nylon

 

 


the tetra kinematics 175-n necklace is composed of 175 unique modules

 

 


smooth kinematics 116-n

 

 


polygonal kinematics 61n necklace

 

 


a screenshot of the kinematics app

 

 


kinematics case study: how computational folding enables the production of large objects via 3D printing

 

 


sculpting the tessellation and producing areas of variable density, the structures drape and move differently

 

 


‘x-ray’ view rendering of a kinematics structure showing the encapsulated hinges

 

 


early prototype was produced in house on a makerbot replicator one with dual extrusion

 

 

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