Following two years of collaboration between Formlabs and Nervous System, the later has rendered its Porifera range––a vitreous jewelry collection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets––inspired by deep sea glass sponges, Nervous System writes.
These ancient sponges form reefs of glass with complex, porous architectures that are home to many species. The jewelry designs are computationally generated by creating minimal surface networks along cellular scaffolds that adapt to different volumes and densities.
What’s even more impressive than the complex, intertwined forms themselves, is how they’re made: 3d-printed using an experimental material. Yes, we’ve seen a slew of 3D-printed ceramic works hit the scene over the years, this new material may be a game changer in the world of contemporary ceramic art and design.
Each form, made from 3D-printed ceramic resin, developed by Formlabs, as reported by DesignMilk, is individually printed using custom software developed by Nervous System. They’re then hand-sanded, glazed and fired twice in the kiln. While we love the skeletal look of the white ceramic range, the brass collection (pictured below) is especially eye-catching.
Nervous System says its nature-inspired work strives to scientifically investigate new paradigms of product design and manufacturing.
Instead of designing objects, we craft computational systems that result in a myriad of distinct creations. These forms are realized using computer-controlled manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC routing.
Although not all ceramic, the company lets you use their mega-cool computer software to custom-make your own wood and metal designs. Check out other products by the company here.
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