nervous system uses floraform to 3D print intricate wearable designs
nervous system uses floraform to 3D print intricate wearable designs nervous system uses floraform to 3D print intricate wearable designs
jun 26, 2015

nervous system uses floraform to 3D print intricate wearable designs

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.

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‘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.


video courtesy of nervous system




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.

sculpture detail

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growth process of a ‘floraform’ piece expanding from its edges


‘floraform ornata’ sculpture in 3D-printed nylon


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‘floraform ornata’ detail

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‘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

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some works draw influenced from the ruffled arms of jellyfish



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: nick brink | designboom 

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