A new, free desktop app just made 3D home printing a little bigger, more flexible, and slightly more practical for those who do not know how to 3D model yet.
Generative design studio Nervous System just released a 3D-printing “Kinematics application”, in which jewelry and garments can be printed out with articulated joints, making them able to automatically change shape once removed from the printer.
Printing large 3D structures and then manually assembling them is nothing new, but what sets this system apart, is the way a finished object can self-assemble or transform into any pre-determined form.
Basically, Kinematics can take the design of an object larger than the printer itself and crumple it up to a size that will make it fit in the printer.
For example, you see a full scale dress design that would be too large to fit into the largest 3D printer, the Kinematics app will turns the design into a puzzle made of hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of triangles. All the triangular puzzle pieces are then connected and the final design is compressed down to a size that will let it be printed in one continuous piece in a 3D printer.
Nervous Systems describes Kinematics as “a system for 4D printing that combines computational geometry techniques with rigid body physics and customization. Practically, Kinematics allows us to take large objects and compress them down for 3D printing through simulation. It also enables the production of intricately patterned wearables that conform flexibly to the body.”
3D printing is on the rise, but the bridge between concept and well-executed print is still long for a lot of consumers. This new app presents a solution by gapping that bridge and at the same time making designs more exciting than the typical pre-made pencil-toppers, cups, and figurines.
Just like biomimicry, the app’s designers Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg draw inspiration from natural phenomena, and wrote this computer program based on processes and patterns found in nature, using it to create unique and affordable art, jewelry, and housewares.
Based on Kinetics app, a jewelry collection and accompanying app have been released along with a free-to-use app, they allow for the production of necklaces, bracelets and earrings with users able to sculpt the shape and control the density of the pattern.
All images courtesy of Nervous System