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Hyphae [Cinder, Objects]

Hyphae is a new collection of jewellery from Nervous System (Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg). Inspired by the vein structures that carry fluids through organisms from the leaves of plants to our own circulatory systems, the team created a Cinder simulation which uses physical growth principles to build sculptural, organic structures. Starting from an initial seed and a surface, the team grows a hierarchical network where nodes constantly branch and merge.

First and foremost is making the system work in 3D. The original system uses a Delaunay triangulation to determine source neighborhoods. This allows the creation of closed cells. Closed cells are not only desirable for us aesthetically, but necessary for improved structural stability when we are making 3D prints. Having a bunch of unconnected branches would be too weak for functional plastic pieces. Computing Delaunay triangulations becomes much harder in 3D, so we switched over to C++ in order to use CGAL, an open source library of computational geometry algorithms…

Hyphae collection contains a range of necklaces, earrings, cuffs, bangles, rings and brooches. The pieces are 3D printed in nylon and are available in black and white.  Select pieces will also be available in stainless steel and sterling silver.

Read more about the process here or see the full collection here.

Want to win a piece from their new collection? Visit this blog post and follow the link to tweet.
(The giveaway runs until March 29th at 12am EST. Two entrants will be selected randomly to win their pick.)

In addition, the duo recently retired 3 Cell Cycle bracelets and made available for download at thingiverse so now you can print them yourself.

Nervous System was founded in 2007 by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg. Jessica Rosenkrantz graduated from MIT in 2005 and holds degrees in Architecture and Biology. Afterwards, she spent 2.5 years studying architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Jesse Louis-Rosenberg also attended MIT, majoring in Mathematics. He previously worked as a consultant for Gehry Technologies in building modeling and design automation.

Previously: Nervous System [Profile, Cinder, Processing 

Posted on: 26/03/2011

Posted in: Cinder, Objects

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