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3D Printed Jewelry Designed And Created By You

Kinematics from Nervous System allows you to print 4D flexible jewelry from home.

by Laura Feinstein
Dec 2 2013, 8:07pm

It's almost holiday time and you know what to get the robot obsessed, the music maker, and the tech-tinkerer--but what about the fashion lover? Kinematics, the newest 3D printing project from Nervous System, has combined computational geometry techniques with body scans and other customization methods to create a jewelry collection and accompanying customization app--free for use with desktop 3D printers. 

Kinematics takes things one step further than usual 3D printing with their 4D system that produces foldable structures (pre-constructed), created to anticipate and conform to movement of the body. 

With designs composed of 10 to 1000’s of unique, interlocking structures, these assembly-free pieces are able to be printed in their entirety via machine, and worn immediately. 

Below, watch a quick video of Kinematics in action:

Below, the Nervous System team plans out an all 3D printed dress:

Able to turn virtually anything into a movable, 3D printed structure, in order to create a dress like one above first a client would come in for a 3D body scan. From there a dress template would be created, followed by the tessellation process in which the patterns are produced. From there, much like a real dress, things like breathability and draping are factored in. The end result is a garment that is able to be folded and unfolded unlimited times--making it perfect for travel or duplication.

Below, check out a few more of the nifty designs created using the Kinematics software and technique:

To recreate these pieces, simply download the app. Once installed, users can  also design and create their own projects--choosing size, color, and pattern.

For more, be sure to check out Nervous System's website here.

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