nervous system uses kinematics for wearable 4D printed forms
nervous system uses kinematics for wearable 4D printed forms nervous system uses kinematics for wearable 4D printed forms
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.



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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  • Ingenious and beautiful use of technology. Love the image of X-Ray hinge detail and the way the construction has been designed to occur within the proximity of the printer yet unfold in one piece. So clever.

    douglas says:
  • Of course the first person in America that can manifest the fourth dimension uses it for fashion.

    Josh says:
  • nice..

    vidhi says:
  • amazing… Fernand Hofer

    Fernand Hofer says:

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